Portrait of a Young Man; (reverse) Girl Making a Garland

Hans Süss von Kulmbach German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 612

Double-sided portraits from the Renaissance sometimes combine a straightforward depiction of the sitter with a more symbolic picture on the reverse. This example pairs the likeness of a young man with the image of a girl making a flower garland in a windowsill. A curling banderole above her reads, "I bind with forget-me-nots," while the cat symbolizes respectable love. Viewed in sequence, the two sides of the portrait confirm the young man’s identity as a bridegroom.

Portrait of a Young Man; (reverse) Girl Making a Garland, Hans Süss von Kulmbach (German, Kulmbach ca. 1480–1522 Nuremberg), Oil on poplar

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