Conrad Faber von Creuznach

German (c. 1500–1552/53)

Albanus Wolfhart of Lindau 

1530/34

Oil on panel

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Gordon Gilbert

1994.5

Faber was born in Creuznach, the town from which he takes his name. Working in the celebrated German portrait tradition of the period, he represents his finely dressed sitter before a panoramic landscape with the city of Lindau in the distance. Attention to detail is evident in the soft treatment of the fur, which contrasts with the crisp linear definition of the gold-embroidered collar and pleated shirt. The impact of esteemed landscape specialists known as the “Danube School” is apparent in the graduated blues of the sky and atmospheric effect through color modulation, from pale tones on the horizon a saturated blue at its zenith.

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