Olga's Gallery

Hans Holbein the Younger


Portrait of Bonifacius Amerbach.

1519. Oil on wood. Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Read Note.

Hans Holbein. Portrait of Bonifacius Amerbach.

Bonifacius Amerbach, son of the Basel publisher Johanes Amerbach (1430-1513), he was a lawyer and Professor of Law at the university of Basel. Bonifacius was a close friend of Erasmus of Rotterdam, the later made him his only heir, leaving him books, gold and several works by Hans Holbein the Yonger. The picture bears Amerbach’s own words of praise for the artist’s truthfulness to nature