About this artwork
This portrait would have served as a document of a marriage. Friedrich Rorbach’s name, age, and coat of arms, along with the date, are painted on the back of the panel, which was originally paired with a portrait of his wife, Katherina Knoblauchin, now in the National Gallery of Ireland. The two portraits share the same background— a fanciful mountain landscape. Conrad Faber, who worked in Frankfurt-am-Main, specialized in portraits depicting the patrician elite of that prosperous city. In the early 16th century, the energy and self-confidence of the many courts and free cities loosely united in the Holy Roman Empire brought about an artistic flowering in Germany.
- Conrad Faber
- Portrait of Fridrich Rorbach
- Oil on panel
- Inscription on the reverse: FRIDERICH RORBACH SEINES ALTERS XXV-M.D. XXXII
- 50.4 × 35.7 cm (19 7/8 × 14 1/16 in.)
- Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection