Bildnis des Johann von Melem
Meister des Aachener Altars (1480-1520)

Bildnis des Johann von Melem,

um 1495/1500
Material / Technology / Carrier
Dimensions of the object
54,2 x 34,1 cm
AP OG Saal I
Altdeutsche Malerei
Inventory number
WAF 718
1827 aus der Sammlung Boisserée
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Meister des Aachener Altars, Bildnis des Johann von Melem, um 1495/1500, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: (Last updated on 28.08.2023)
The Frankfurt merchant Johann II von Melem (ca. 1455–1529) was an alderman for several years before becoming deputy mayor in 1516. Through his second marriage in 1484 to Gertrud (Druitgen) Rinck he became connected to one of the most important merchant families in Cologne. His tomb is in Frankfurt Cathedral. Due to a misreading of the inscription this painting was long considered a self-portrait by the artist von Melem, to whom many works were ascribed in the nineteenth century.

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