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Portrait of Eobanus Hessus, nearly half-length, with three-quarter face to the left, wearing a wide-brimmed hat and a mantle, in the left hand holding a scroll of paper, with five lines of letterpress underneath and text printed on the verso. 1527
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Height: 128 millimetres (image)
Height: 158 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 94 millimetres (image)
Width: 98 millimetres (sheet)
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The associated silverpoint drawing by Dürer of 1526 is in the British Museum, Sl.5218.21.
CD: Leaf out of a rare book, the Elegy of Eobanus Hessus addressed to John Frederick, Duke of Saxony, which seems to have appeared in two editions, 1526 and 1527; a complete copy is in Berlin..
This is a later version of Meder 257.I, and dates to 1527. Eobanus Hessus sent an earlier version of the portrait to Johannes Alexander Brassicanus, whereupon the latter returned the favour by writing a set of epigrams on the portrait. The following spring (1527) Hessus arranged to have his portrait published again, this time with the epigrams. These are printed on the verso and on a second leaf. To be sure the reader would turn the page, the printer added the word "VERTE" below the portrait. Cf. Carl Krause, Helius Eobanus Hessus: Sein Leben une seine Werke (Nieuwkoop, 1963): 47, n. 2. (via Harry Vredeveld, communicated by email January 2016).
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