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The Apostle James the Less

The Apostle James the Less

Hans Holbein (II) (in 1527)

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The apostles can be identified by their attributes: knife, shell (on the hat), lance, chalice, key and club. The set must originally have comprised thirteen drawings, eight of which are known today. Those of St Thomas and St Andrew are now in museums in New York and
London, that of St Paul is in a private collection. The chiaroscuro drawings, six of which are dated 1527, are probably not by Holbein himself, but by a collaborator from his Basel workshop.

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Title The Apostle James the Less
Material and technique Pen and black ink, gray wash, heightened with white, on brown prepared paper
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 199 mm
Width 102 mm
Artists Previously attributed: Hans Holbein (II)
Accession number D I 218 (PK)
Credits Loan Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (former Koenigs collection), 2004
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 2004
Creation date in 1527
Collector Collector / Franz Koenigs
Internal exhibitions De Collectie Twee - wissel II, Prenten & Tekeningen (2009)
Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Washing > Wash > Drawing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Highlight > Painting technique > Technique > Material and technique

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Hans Holbein (II)

Augsburg 1497/1498 - Londen 1543

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