HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)

Portrait of a Member of the Wedigh Family

Oak, 47 x 36 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Unlike in the portrait of the merchant Georg Gisze, nothing in this portrait distracts the viewer's gaze from the precisely depicted face of the sitter, who stands squarely in front of a blue background and looks directly at the viewer. Only the heraldic ring on his left index finger indicates that this is a member of the rich Cologne merchant family, the Wedighs. Possibly it is Hermann Hillebrandt, who was a member of the Steelyard in London 1533.