Hans Holbein the Younger’s portrait of Anna Meyer is a beautiful example of his exquisite draftsmanship. Created around 1525-1526 in Germany, this preparatory study for the portrait of Anna Meyer in the Darmstadt Madonna medium was black and coloured chalks, lead point and scored lines on paper. The portrait, measuring 39.1 cm (15.3 in) height and 27.5 cm (10.8 in) width, captures her likeness with impressive detail and precision.
Holbein’s portrait style is characterized by detail, precision, and realism, which he expertly portrays in this portraiture of Anna Meyer. He was renowned for creating true-to-life portraits of his sitters that are often considered masterpieces today.
Anna Meyer was a German and Swiss artist who worked in Northern Renaissance style during Holbein’s time. Holbein entered the studio of Hans Herbst in Basel around 1515 and specialized in portraits during the late 1520s.
Though known for making detailed life-like works such as portraits, Holbein utilized anamorphism technique to paint distorted images that would reveal their true shape only from certain angles; notable among them is The Ambassadors painting located at The National Gallery London.
Overall, Hans Holbein’s Portrait of Anna Meyer showcases his remarkable talents as a draftsman while also capturing the essence of one young woman amidst all commotion happening during Northern Renaissance time period art scene.