Nicholas Kratzer

1 portrait of Nicholas Kratzer

Nicholas Kratzer, after Hans Holbein the Younger, late 16th century (1528) - NPG 5245 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Nicholas Kratzer

after Hans Holbein the Younger
oil on panel, late 16th century (1528)
32 1/4 in. x 25 1/2 in. (819 mm x 648 mm)
Purchased, 1979
Primary Collection
NPG 5245


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  • Nicholas Kratzer (1487-?1550), Mathematician and astronomer. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Kratzer is portrayed holding a pair of dividers and an unfinished polyhedral dial, the gnomons of which lie on the table, with a pivoting rule, ruling knife, burin, scissors and another dialling instrument. The piece of paper is inscribed in Latin: 'The portrait of Nicolaus Kratzer of Munich, a Bavarian, taken from life when he was completing his forty-first year'. The portrait is a version after Holbein's original now in the Louvre, Paris.

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