The wife of Jorg Zorer, 1531 – Christoph Amberger (1500-1562)

This bust portrait is a companion to that of the sitter´s husband (P02183). Shown at somewhat less than half- length, she wears a white, Nordic-style cap and a severely cut dress, and holds a white carnation in her right hand. According to an inscription in the upper part of the work she is twenty-eight. By placing her over a background that simulates a wooden surface, Amberger achieves an effectively realistic sense of space, displaying his skill as a portrait painter. This work was first listed in 1746 as part of Queen Isabel Farnesio´s collection.

The Augsburg Goldsmith Jörg Zörer (?)

Portrayed at less than half-length, the sitter wears a large cap and clothing with a fur collar in the northern style. He holds a carnation in his hands, with a signet ring whose coat of arms consists of a crossed ax and scythe. That coat of arms on his ring confirms that he is a member of the Zörer family, but his identification with the goldsmith, Jorg Zörer, is uncertain. The inscription at the bottom confirms that it was painted when the sitter was forty-one years old. In this work, which is paired with a portrait of the sitter´s wife (P02184), Amberger endows the personage with a serene placidity that contrasts with the severity of traditional Germanic portraiture, although it is in keeping with its capacity to reflect the sitter´s psychological state. This painting was listed among those belonging to Queen Isabel Farnesio in 1746

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