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Christian von Conersheim and his Wife Elisabeth von Brauweiler, 1544

Barthel (the Elder) Bruyn
German, 1493 - 1555
oil on oak
47 x 35 cm each irregular
Purchased 1913
National Gallery of Canada (no. 797.1-2)

Barthel Bruyn painted these portraits of Christian von Conersheim and his wife Elizabeth von Brauweiler of Cologne in 1544. The date is recorded at the top of each painting, and the two sitters are identified by their family coats of arms, seen over their shoulders. Von Conersheim would later become mayor of Cologne. The elegant attire worn by the couple, matched by the rich array of jewellery adorning the woman, allude to their economic and social status.

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