Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze

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– It is likely the first of a series of portraits of merchants who were members of the Hanseatic League – an association of the town that formed to protect merchants against pirates.
– The artist used this work to to show off his talents. It is widely believed that Holbein made this elaborate painting for Gisze to demonstrate his art in detail to the other merchants.

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More about Portrait of the Merchant Georg Gisze
This portrait depicts Georg Gisze, a German Merchant opening a letter from his brother. On the table, we see the tools of his trade such as pen, scissors, money, inkpots, boxes and keys along with a vase of carnations. The painting was once a part of the collection of the Duke of Orleans in 1727. This artwork is now located at Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

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