The Madonna of the Burgomaster of Basel, Jakob Meyer zum Hasen (1482–1531)

Sarburgh, Bartholomäus (c. 1590-1650) | Painter
Holbein der Jüngere, Hans (c. 1590-1650)
Meyer zum Hasen, Jakob (c. 1590-1650) | Person(s) shown


This image of the Madonna with the family of the donor, Jakob Meyer zum Hasen, Mayor of Basel, is both a Catholic devotional image and a memorial painting. It combines religious art with exceptionally fine portrait painting and was long celebrated in the Dresden Gallery as a masterpiece by Holbein the Younger. In the so-called “Holbein Dispute” it emerged, at a conference in Dresden in 1871, that this is a copy made by Sarburgh as a deliberate forgery. Holbein’s 1526 original is now held in Schwäbisch Hall.

Material & Technique
Oil on oak panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
c. 1635/37
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 1892