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When a print brings the truth to light!

Updated: May 22, 2023


Hans Holbein the Younger (1497, Augsburg - 1543, London) was a German-Swiss painter and printmaker. He worked in a Northern Renaissance style and is considered one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.



In 1803 Friedrich Schlegel was the first to suspect a connection with Hans Holbein the Younger. Until the discovery of an older engraving from 1647 twisted every doubt. The print from Wenceslaus Hollar has an inscription with the correct attribution and the name of the portrayed: Charles de Solier. The French commander and diplomat Charles de Solier, Sieur de la Morette (1480-81/ 1564), came from Asti in Piedmont. He met Holbein in England as he was there as a French envoy.


Wenceslaus Hollar has an inscription with the correct attribution and the name of the portrayed: Charles de Solier, the French commander and diplomat Sieur de la Morette (1480-81/ 1564). He came from Asti in Piedmont, where he met Holbein in England on a business trip as a French envoy.





Fig. 1 Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Charles de Solier, Lord of Morette( 1534-35), Oak,, Gemäldegalerie, Dresden. Fig. 2 Wenceslaus Hollar, Portrait of M. Morett, ca. 1647, engraving after Hans Holbein.







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