This portrait shows Martin Luther in close-up against a neutral background and its very elaborate execution, namely body colour on parchment, is of high quality. The reformer has a fixed gaze and his gently raised head is turned to the right. He wears a scholar¿s beret over the slightly wavy hair that covers his ears and the characteristic flap is fitted tightly to the back of his head. The dark shadows along the contours of the face and a subtle application of white on the chin, the cheeks, the tip and bridge of the nose and the forehead create the necessary volume and impart a lively, realistic effect. However for a portrait session the sitter is not well-shaven and appears slightly sweaty. The viewer is left with the impression of a bold, almost reckless character, which is quite appropriate for a reformer.
[CM, Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017]