HOLBEIN, Hans the Younger
(b. 1497, Augsburg, d. 1543, London)
Portrait of Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette1534-35
Oak, 93 x 75 cm
Born about 1480, the French ambassador Charles de Solier remained in London from April 3 to July 26, 1534, during which time Holbein must have painted this portrait. As the name of the man is not written on the painting, it was forgotten over the centuries, and until the 19th century even the painter was not known. Consequently, when Augustus III of Saxony (elector 1733-1763) acquired the panel in 1746, it was described as a portrait of the ruler of Milan, Ludovico Sforza, Il Moro (duke 1481-1499), painted by Leonardo da Vinci.