Template:Hans Holbein der Jüngere - Der Kaufmann Georg Gisze - Google Art Project
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|Title||German: Der Kaufmann Georg Gisze
The Merchant Georg Gisze
|Medium||oil on oak|
|Dimensions||Length: 86.2 cm (33.9 in). Height: 97.5 cm (38.4 in).|
Holbein painted this large portrait at the beginning of his second period in England in search of work, and it may be intended as a virtuoso showpiece for his gifts in portraiture and the depiction of objects and textures. It is the most sumptuous of his series of portraits of mainly German merchants of the Steelyard, a complex of offices, warehouses, and residences on the north bank of the Thames in London. Familiar with Holbein's wider reputation, the merchants were quick to take advantage of his presence in London. The Danzig merchant Georg Gisze (or Giese) is shown among the paraphernalia of his trade: money, pen, seal, inkpots, balance, boxes, scissors, keys. On a table covered with a Turkey rug stands a vase of carnations, perhaps symbolising his betrothal (Gisze married Christine Krüger in Danzig in 1535).
|Source/Photographer||VwFTBKeaJVASog at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum|
|Other versions||See Category:Der Kaufmann Georg Gisze (Holbein II)|
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