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Portrait of Hans Höchstätter

Thoman Burgkmair (in 1495 - 1500)

The painting is a portrait of the wealthy Augsburg merchant banker Hans Höchstätter. He can be identified by the family coat of arms at top right and the initials H.H. at top left. The violet in his hand is a love symbol, just like the cord tied into loops that connects his initials: a so-called love knot. He probably had the panel painted as an engagement portrait.


Title Portrait of Hans Höchstätter
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 21,7 cm
Height : 33,5 cm
Makers Painter: Thoman Burgkmair
previously attributed: Anonymous
previously attributed: Anonymous
previously attributed: Anonymous
Accession number 2289 (OK)
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed 1948 (voormalige collectie / former collection Koenigs)
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1948
Age maker Between 51 and 56 years old
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Thoman Burgkmair

Augsburg 1444 - Augsburg 1523

Thoman Burgkmair was a contemporary of Albrecht Dürer. Burgkmair had good contacts with various publishers of prints, for whom he made wood cuts. Emperor Maxim..