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

Heinrich von Rhein zum Mohren

Oil on oak panel, 54 x 38 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This painting is a copy after Conrad Faber von Creuznach's painting, now in the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. It is debated whether it is an autograph replica by the painter himself or the work of an anonymous copyist. It is probably by a copyist.

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.