Lais of Corinth – (Hans Holbein The Younger) Previous Next


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Date: 1526

Size: 35 x 27 cm

Museum: Kunstmuseum (St. Gallen, Switzerland)

Technique: Oil On Panel

Lais of Corinth by Hans Holbein the Younger portrays the famous Lais of Corinth, a courtesan of ancient Greece who charged a high price for her favours. It has been suggested that Holbein is also referring to the Lais who was the lover of Apelles, the great painter of antiquity (Holbein was called "Apelles" in humanist circles). The model, the same used for Holbein's Darmstadt Madonna and for his Venus and Amor, has been identified as Magdalena Offenburg, who may have been Holbein's mistress.

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