(b. ca. 1500, Fulda, d. 1554, Erfurt)

Katharina Merian

Oil, sold, and white metal on linden panel, 45 x 33 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This portrait shows a woman at half-length, standing before a green background. She turns her head and rests her hands at her waist. She wears a broad platter hat (Tellerbarett) decorated with gray ribbon along the edge of the brim. Although no corresponding male portrait is known, this likeness probably accompanied a pendant depicting the sitter's husband.

An inscription by a later hand on the reverse recorded information that had been lost during the reworking of the background sometime before 1874. It contained the name of and age of the sitter and the artist's monogram and date: KATHARINA MERIAN AET. 38 and HB 1524. This evidence was itself obliterated during the subsequent planing of the panel for cradling. The existence of the sitter has not yet been corroborated by other sources.

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