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Bartholomeus Bruyn the Elder: 'A Man, probably of the Strauss Family'

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The sitter holds a paper with an inscription from the Old Testament in his right hand. On the forefinger of his left hand he wears two rings, the upper one of which appears to show the arms of the Strauss family (the other ring seems to have shown another coat of arms but this can no longer be deciphered).

The sitter may be Andreas zum Kampe, called Struyss, a civic councillor of Cologne in 1503. However, the man seems to be too young for this identification; a number of other members of the Strauss family are recorded in Cologne in the relevant years.

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