TIZIANO VECELLI (TITIAN) 1477-1576 Italian School of Venice
HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNGER 1497-1543 German School of Augsburg
IT is because of the difference between these two wonderful portraits -- Titian's Man with the Glove and Portrait of Georg Gyze by Hans Holbein the Younger -- that it is interesting to compare them. In doing so we shall contrast not only the difference in the personalities of these two artists, and the conditions under which they worked, but also the difference of their points of view and consequently of their methods. Let us begin by studying the second difference, to an understanding of which the pictures themselves will direct us.
If we should try to sum up in one word the impression produced by each, might we not say, "How noble the Titian is; the Holbein how intimate"? Both the originals are young men: Titian's unmistakably an aristocrat, but with no clue given as to who or what he was; Holbein's a German merchant resident in London, whose name is recorded in the address of the letter in his hand, and who is surrounded by the accompaniments of his daily occupation. Presently we shall find out something about the nature of his occupations; meanwhile we have surprised him in the privacy of his office,