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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Johannes Froben c. 1522-3

RCIN 403035

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Johannes Froben was a successful printer and worked closely with Holbein. His portrait, painted by Holbein himself in Basel, was once hinged to that of Erasmus and originally both shared the same green curtain in the background. Froben may have owned both portraits and wanted to create a ‘friendship diptych’, a popular idea at the time.