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A Man, probably of the Strauss Family

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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The man in this portrait has not yet been identified. The upper ring on his left forefinger may provide a clue: it seems to show the arms of the Strauss family (the other ring seems to have shown another coat of arms which can no longer be deciphered). It has been suggested that the man depicted is a member of this family called Andreas zum Kampe, but at the date this portrait was made he would have been a little older than our sitter appears. It may depict another member of the family – several are recorded in the city at this time.

In his right hand he holds a piece of paper with a verse from the Bible inscribed upon it in German, meaning ‘The word of our God shall stand for ever’, followed by its citation: Isaiah chapter 40.

The National Gallery, London



A Man, probably of the Strauss Family


probably about 1534


Oil on oak


H 36.2 x W 24.8 cm

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Acquisition method

Salting Bequest, 1910

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