Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall, Hans Holbein the Younger
Hans Holbein the Younger
Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall
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Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall, ca. 1535 – 1540


Malfläche
diameter: 31.0 cm
Bildträger
diameter: 32.4 cm
Inklusive des rekonstruierten Rahmens
diameter: 38.8 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Inventory Number
1065
Acquisition
Acquired in 1870
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Hans Holbein the Younger, court painter to Henry VII, will have encountered the country nobleman Simon George of Cornwall in London. The portrait was required for purposes of courtship, as is indicated by the carnation and the clasp on the beret. The latter depicts Leda’s union with Jupiter in the shape of a swan, thus revealing the portrait subject’s erotic intentions. Simon George not only sports a sumptuous costume tailored in the latest fashion; he also chose one of the most modern picture forms of the time: the profile likeness – derived from antique coins – in a tondo.

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  • Kunst|Stück – Hans Holbein D.J.: Bildnis des Simon George of Cornwall
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Hans Holbein D.J.: Bildnis des Simon George of Cornwall (um 1535–40), Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. https://sammlung.staedelmuseum.de/de/werk/bildnis-des-simon-george-of-cornwall#yt

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Basic Information

Title
Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oak
Material
Technique
Captions Added Later
Am rechten Rand der Originalmalerei auf Höhe des Ohrs: NOB., auf Höhe des Kragens IOHAN[N][m.Kürzungsstrich]

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Institution
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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum
Acquisition
Acquired in 1870

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Motifs and References

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Main Motif
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Associated Persons and Institutions
Associated Source
  • Euripides: Helena, 500-401 v. Chr.

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  • 61B2(SIMONGEORGE OF CORNWALL)11(+51) historical person (SIMONGEORGE OF CORNWALL) - historical person (SIMONGEORGE OF CORNWALL) portrayed alone (+ head (SIMONGEORGE OF CORNWALL) (SIMONGEORGE OF CORNWALL))
Secondary

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06.08.2019