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Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Jakob Meyer.

1516. Oil on wood. Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Read Note.

Hans Holbein. Portrait of Jakob Meyer.

Jacob Meyer, businessman and Burgomaster of Basel, he was elected to the office on June 24, 1516. In 1521, he was impeached for a larger bribe from the French than was permitted, imprisoned when he protested at this treatment and barred from office thereafter. He remained a Catholic after the city’s secession to the reformed religion and led the Catholic party in the city. Dorothea Kannengiesser was the second wife of Jacob Meyer, their double portrait, was probably commissioned to celebrate Meyer’s election as Burgomaster.
See:  Hans Holbein. Portrait of Jakob Meyer. Portrait of Dorothea Kannengiesser.
also Hans Holbein. Meyer Madonna., on which all the family of Meyer is depicted