The reformer is shown here as a half-length figure, facing right against a blue background. His black academic gown with its high collar starkly contrasts his face, which exhibits great detail in execution: he is unshaven with prominent wrinkles around the eyes, the bridge of the nose and the forehead. These signs of outer neglect correspond with his firmly closed mouth and a gaze directed to the right, beyond the viewer and can be interpreted as a sign of inner contemplation and resolve.
[see: Cat. Wolfenbüttel 2012, 63-64, No. 8]