Wolfgang MASTER WB (WOLFGANG BEURER)
Portraits of a Man and a Woman
Mixed technique on limewood
Inv. No. 334, 335
45 × 33 cm
These panels are early examples of “alliance portraits” depicting two spouses. It was executed by Wolfgang Beurer, who monogrammed his engravings “WB”. He is thought to have been active on the Middle Rhine in the circle of the Housebook Master and painted, among other works, an altar for Mainz and designed stained-glass windows for the Church of Our Lady in Hanau. His drastic, imaginative style comes to bear in the caricature-like physiognomies of the two subjects. Particularly the head of the woman – in those days usually smoothened and idealized – is conspicuous by virtue of the eagle nose. Beurer’s mastery is evidenced, for example, by the depiction of moiré silk on the man’s overcoat.