(b. ca. 1500, Kreuznach, d. ca. 1553, Frankfurt)

Heinrich von Rhein zum Mohren

Oil on panel, 54 x 37 cm
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

The bearded sitter in this portrait rests his arms on a stone parapet and holds a rosary with a pomander attached. He wears a broad-rimmed hat over a gold cap, a fur coat over a black shirt and white undershirt, and a gold ring on the left index finger. In the background at left, a bridge over a lake leads to a rocky outcropping topped by a castle; on the right there is a house near a winding road, and fortifications at the edge of the lake are connected to an island by a bridge.

There are two known copies of the portrait, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (oil on oak panel, datable 1530-50) and another in the Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt (oil on copper, late sixteenth century).