KULMBACH, Hans Süss von
(b. ca. 1480, Kulmbach, d. 1522, Nürnberg)

Portrait of a Young Man

c. 1508
Oil on poplar panel, 19 x 15 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This small double-sided panel bears a portrait of a man on one side and a depiction of a girl making a garland on the reverse. The identity of the young man is not known. Rather than a portrait, the girl on the reverse side is a female type, symbolizing a lover or perspective bride.

This is among the relatively few extant early sixteenth-century panels that join a portrait with an emblematic or allegorical subject on the verso.

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