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Portrait of Alexander Mornauer
Master of the Mornauer Portrait

The sitter was town clerk of Landshut in Bavaria between 1464 and 1488. He is identified by the letter he holds, which is addressed to him. On his ring is the device of a moor's head, which may be a pun on the first syllable of his name. The background against which the sitter is shown is a wood grain, not uncommon in German portraits from the period.

The original top edge of the painting has been cut slightly. The artist, who may have been Tyrolean, is named after this picture.

Key facts
Artist Master of the Mornauer Portrait
Artist dates probably active about 1460 - 1488
Full title Portrait of Alexander Mornauer
Date made about 1464-88
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 45.2 x 38.7 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1990
Inventory number NG6532
Location in Gallery Room 65
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