[Roger Fry]. "Portrait of a Man by Holbein. Recently Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of New York." Burlington Magazine 43 (October 1906), pp. 48, 53, ill. p. 52, attributes it to Holbein [the Younger], and tentatively suggests identification of the subject as Holbein's brother Ambrosius, who would have been 22 years old in 1517, the year the picture was painted; calls the frieze "Mantegnesque".
Roger Fry. Letter to his wife, Helen Fry. April 12, 1906 [published in Ref. Sutton 1972, vol. 1, p. 262, letter no. 186].
Roger Fry. Letter to his wife, Helen Fry. November 1, 1906 [published in Ref. Sutton 1972, vol. 1, p. 270, letter no. 199].
Alois Hauser the Younger. Letter to Colnaghi and Co. July 10, 1906 [only the English translation of the letter survives in the files of the Department of European Paintings], describes the procedure he used to transfer the paper to wood, a strong, well-seasoned panel from a 17th-century picture.
"Sammlungen: Ein neuer Holbein." Kunstchronik 18 (1906), cols. 78, 120.
"Principal Accessions: A Portrait by Holbein." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 1 (November 1906), pp. 150–51, ill., observe that the bas-relief in the background is probably derived from engravings of Mantegna's school.
"The New Holbein: Unknown Gentleman of Basel Purchased with the Rogers Bequest." New York Times (November 11, 1906), p. SMA4.
R. Riggenbach. Letter to Roger Fry (?). November 20, 1906, consults with [Paul] Ganz, who observes that the date makes one think of Lucerne, and the coat of arms suggests a Hertenstein.
Elsa Frölicher. Die Porträtkunst Hans Holbeins des Jüngeren und ihr Einfluss auf die Schweizerische Bildnismalerei im XVI. Jahrhundert. Strasbourg, 1909, pp. 19, 26, 31, 80 n. 51, pl. 5, considers it Holbein's first meaningful and confident use of the half-figure.
Paul Ganz. "Hans Holbeins Italienfahrt." Suddeutsche Monatshefte 6 (1909), pp. 598–99, 609, identifies it as a portrait of Benedikt von Hertenstein, elected to the Town Council (or Großrat) of Lucerne in 1517, and describes the coat of arms on the signet ring as a lion rampant [the Hertenstein arms consist of a lion rampant surrounded by deer antlers]; notes that in 1517 Holbein was employed by Benedikt's father Jakob to decorate the family house in Lucerne and asserts that in two of his wall paintings Holbein portrayed Benedikt on horseback—wearing the same doublet as in the MMA portrait—and at the feet of St. Benedict; claims that the gold chain he wears in all these likenesses was bequeathed to him by his mother; mentions the Roman Triumph in the background, indicating Holbein's knowledge of an engraving after Mantegna, and notes that the same scene appears in one of the friezes for the Hertensteinhaus.
Willy Hes. Ambrosius Holbein. Strasbourg, 1911, p. 18.
Morton H. Bernath. New York und Boston. Leipzig, 1912, p. 60, fig. 55.
Paul Ganz. Hans Holbein d. J.: Des Meisters Gemälde. Stuttgart, 1912, pp. XIV, 233, 255, ill. p.15, comments on Holbein's development as a portrait painter here, as compared with his portrait of Jakob Meyer [of 1516; Kunstmuseum Basel]; notes that the sitter was killed at the battle of Bicocca in 1522.
Arthur B. Chamberlain. Hans Holbein the Younger. London, 1913, vol. 1, pp. 72–74, 86, 162, pl. 24; vol. 2, pp. 278, 347, accepts Ganz's identification of the subject but finds the coat of arms indecipherable; notes that the frieze is comparable to one in Holbein's drawing for a dagger sheath in the Basel Gallery [vol. 2, pl. 46; Kunstmuseum, Basel].
H. Knackfuß. Holbein der Jüngere. 5th German ed. Bielefeld, 1914, p. 25.
Kenyon Cox. "Workmanship." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 12 (July 1917), p. 148, ill. p. 151.
Paul Ganz in Schweizerisches Künstler-Lexikon. 4, Frauenfeld, 1917, pp. 222, 224.
Joseph Gantner. "Aus der neuern Holbein-Forschung, III: Ein neu entdecktes Porträt Hans Holbeins des Jüngern. II." Neue Zürcher Zeitung und Schweizerisches Handelsblatt 142, no. 881 (June 16, 1921), unpaginated, mentions this portrait.
Paul Ganz. "A Portrait by Hans Holbein the Younger." Burlington Magazine 38 (May 1921), p. 221, mentions it in relation to a newly discovered male portrait, which he attributes to Holbein the Younger and tentatively identifies as Jakob von Hertenstein, father of Bendikt [this painting, in the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, is now attributed to Holbein the Elder and not identified with Jakob].
Paul Ganz. "Hans Holbein le Jeune (Portraits)." Pages d'art (July 1921), p. 196.
Wilhelm Suida. "Hans Holbein der Jüngere und die Kunst der Lombardei." Jahresbericht [der Amerbach Gesellschaft] (1921), pp. 15, 28, thinks the decorations in the background of the Meyer [Kunstmuseum, Basel] and Hertenstein portraits were probably based on indirect knowledge of Italian sources; notes that a frieze in Bramante's painting of philosophers in the Casa Panigarola-Prinetti [1477; now Brera, Milan] is similar in style and dimensions to the one over Hertenstein's head in our picture; acknowledges that the artist was more likely to have indirect awareness of this kind of device than to have had first hand knowledge of the Bramante painting; remarks that the influence of Lombard painting is so pronounced during Holbein's Lucerne period that it is without doubt possible that he traveled to Milan between 1518 and 1519.
Joseph Bernhart. Holbein der Jüngere. Munich, 1922, pp. 27–28.
Salomon Reinach. Répertoire de peintures du moyen age et de la renaissance (1280–1580). 6, Paris, 1923, p. 51, no. 2, ill. (sketch).
Aloys Schulte. Geschichte der grossen ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft, 1380–1530. Stuttgart, 1923, vol. 1, pp. 232–33.
Paul Ganz. Malerei der Fruhrenaissance in der Schweiz. Zürich, 1924, p. 99, pl. 58.
H. A. Schmid in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler. 17, Leipzig, 1924, pp. 337–38, as probably Benedikt von Hertenstein.
Paul Ganz. "Ein unbekanntes Bildnis aus Holbeins Baslerzeit." Jahrbuch für Kunst und Kunstpflege in der Schweiz 4 (1927), p. 174.
Malcolm Vaughan. "Holbein Portraits in America." International Studio 88 (November 1927), p. 22.
Walter Hugelshofer. "Das Bildnis eines Luzerner Geistlichen von Hans Holbein." Neue Zürcher Zeitung und Schweizerisches Handelsblatt 150, no. 1627 (August 25, 1929), unpaginated, mentions it among the group of Lucerne portraits.
Wilhelm Stein. Holbein. Berlin, 1929, pp. 44, 46, pl. 17, notes that the naked figures of the standard bearers and the Wild Men in the frieze here do not appear in Mantegna's Triumph engraving.
Werner Cohn. Der Wandel der Architekturgestaltung in den Werken Hans Holbeins D. J. Strasbourg, 1930, pp. 2, 52, 97, refers to it as a portrait of Oswald [sic] von Hertenstein.
Ludwig Baldass. "Ein Frühwerk Hans Holbein des Jüngeren." Kunstchronik (October–November 1931), p. 62.
Hans Tietze. Meisterwerke europäischer Malerei in Amerika. Vienna, 1935, p. 339, pl. 213 [English ed., "Masterpieces of European Painting in America," New York, 1939, p. 324, pl. 213].
Charles L. Kuhn. A Catalogue of German Paintings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in American Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1936, p. 79, no. 348, pl. 71.
Hans Reinhardt. Holbein. New York, 1938, p. 16.
Wilhelm Waetzoldt. Hans Holbein der Jüngere: Werk und Welt. Berlin, 1938, pp. 50, 112, 222, pl. 16.
Willy Brändly. "Zu unserem Bilde. Das Porträt Johannes Ludwig Zimmermann (Xilotectus) in Luzern, gemalt von Hans Holbein d. J." Zwingliana 7, no. 5 (1941), p. 331.
Josephine L. Allen. "Notes on the Cover: A Portrait by Holbein." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 2 (January 1944), notes inside front and back covers, ill. inside back cover, and color detail on front cover, observes that "with a certain amount of good will and a knowledge of what to expect one can see the lion rampant surrounded by the antlers of a deer that formed the Hertenstein arms" on the seal ring.
Harry B. Wehle and Margaretta Salinger. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Early Flemish, Dutch and German Paintings. New York, 1947, pp. 213–14, ill.
Heinrich Alfred Schmid. Hans Holbein der Jüngere: Sein Aufstieg zur Meisterschaft und sein englischer Stil. 1–2, Basel, 1948, vol. 1, p. 68, judging from a photograph, remarks that the style and composition differ from that of Holbein's contemporary portraits, due perhaps to some powerful new influence; asserts that a final judgment about the attribution is not possible without closer examination of the portrait's condition, its inscription, and the paint handling; does not think enough evidence is available to identify the sitter as Benedikt; points out that two pictures from the circle of Holbein have similar friezes: a Dormition of the Virgin (Akademie [der bildenden Künste], Vienna), and an architectural painting with the Judgment of Solomon ([Kunstmuseum] Basel).
Julius S. Held. "Book Reviews: Harry B. Wehle and Margaretta M. Salinger . . ., 1947." Art Bulletin 31 (June 1949), p. 140.
Walter Hugelshofer. "Die Anfänge Hans Holbeins des Jüngeren als Bildnismaler." Phoebus 2, no. 2 (1949), pp. 60, 62–64, 66–67, fig. 4, as without doubt a youthful work of Holbein the Younger, in good condition except for losses in both upper corners; finds identification of the sitter with Benedikt impossible to confirm, noting that although the Triumph motif can be associated with the Hertensteinhaus, the signet ring is no longer legible; believes our portrait could represent a member of another Lucerne family, or even a member of a Basel family, since Holbein was in that city at the beginning of 1517; comments on the rarity of preliminary drawings for Holbein's earlier portraits, including ours, in comparison with the later portraits for which pencil studies frequently survive.
Murray Pease. Letter to Paul Schnyder von Wartensee. June 20, 1949, notes that about three years ago "somewhat extravagant" old restorations and a restorers varnish were removed from the surface of this painting; at this time "a reinforcement in gilt paint of the design on the seal ring" was removed, as it had lead to inacuracies in its interpretation; once these reinforcements were removed, he notes, the original arms were examined under magnification, and "their identification by this means was quite positive".
Paul Schnyder von Wartensee. Letter to Francis Henry Taylor (June 16, 1949), encloses an article he wrote for an unspecified and undated Swiss newspaper in which he discusses this painting, focusing on the coat of arms on the signet ring, which he found illegible when he saw the painting on a recent visit to the Metropolitan, despite claims [Ref. Allen 1944] that the Hertenstein arms appear on it.
Ulrich Christoffel. Hans Holbein d. J. Berlin, 1950, p. 27 [1924 ed., p. 60], based on a photograph, sees only a general connection with the school of Holbein.
Paul Ganz. The Paintings of Hans Holbein. London, 1950, p. 225, no. 27, pl. 61, remarks that its authenticity was challenged by Fry [Ref. 1906, Burlington Magazine, where Fry actually attributes the portrait to Holbein] and Christoffel [Ref. 1950].
Holbein and His Contemporaries. Exh. cat., John Herron Art Museum. Indianapolis, 1950, unpaginated, no. 33, ill.
Wilhelm Pinder. "Holbein der Jüngere und das Ende der altdeutschen Kunst: Text und Tafeln." Vom Wesen und Werden Deutscher Formen: Geschichtliche Betrachtungen. 4, Cologne, 1951, pp. 69, 71.
J. A. Schmoll, gen. Eisenwerth. "Zum Todesbewusstsein in Holbeins Bildnissen." Annales Universitatis Saraviensis 1, no. 4 (1952), pp. 354, 366 n. 42, fig. 14.
Hans Reinhardt. "Bemerkungen zum Spätwerk Hans Holbeins des Älteren." Zeitshcrift für schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte 15 (1954–55), p. 16.
Hans Werner Grohn. Hans Hollbein d. J. als Maler. Leipzig, 1955, pp. 14–15.
Joseph Gantner. Schicksale des Menschenbildes: Von der romanischen Stilisierung zur modernen Abstraktion. Bern, 1958, pp. 79–80 [from reprint of speech given October 30, 1943 for Basel University's celebration of the 400th anniversary of Holbein's death, published as Heft 15 "Basler Universitätsreden," see p. 11], is convinced that Holbein visited Italy before painting the Hertenstein and Meyer portraits [1516; Kunstmuseum Basel], as they are so strongly Italian in character.
Die Malerfamilie Holbein in Basel. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. [Basel], 1960, pp. 177–78, no. 145, pl. 60, accept the attribution to Holbein without hesitation.
Georg Schmidt in "Hans Holben der Jüngere: Bildnis des Junkers Benedkt von Hertenstein." Die Basler Museen im Juli/August 1960. July–August 1960, unpaginated, article on back cover, ill. on front cover, sees this portrait as exemplifying carefree youth giving ground to the deep seriousness of a mature man.
Ludwig Baldass. "Offene Fragen auf der Basler Holbein Ausstellung von 1960." Zeitschrift für Kunstwissenschaft 15 (1961), p. 87, fig. 2 (detail), in this picture, sees a new, freer quality in Holbein's portraiture, noting the absence of schematization in the composition, which is something between a bust and half-length portrait, and alternates between symmetry and asymmetry.
Werner Lauber. Hans Holbein der Jüngere und Luzern. Lucerne, 1962, pp. 30, 53–55, 63–64 n. 19, ill. (unnumbered pl.), comments on the ease and simplicity here that is not present in Holbein's earlier portraits, and sees this painting as not only marking the birth of his best known portrait style, but as the first great Renaissance portrait by a German master; notes that more than any other work, this portrait provided countless visitors to the 1960 Holbein exhibition a glimpse at the boundary between the art and world of father and son; comments on the improvement in the picture's appearance after MMA conservation in 1958.
Otto Benesch. German Painting from Dürer to Holbein. Geneva, 1966, p. 157, claims that Holbein "visited Milan in the winter of 1518–1519, probably going on to Mantua, since he used motifs from Mantegna's 'Triumphal Procession' on the Lucerne façade [of the Hertensteinhaus], and also decorated the room in which he placed a portrait of young Benedikt von Hertenstein . . . with a classical triumphal procession".
E[berhard]. Ruhmer in Kindlers Malerei Lexikon. 3, Zurich, 1966, pp. 273–74, 283, ill. p. 272.
Gert von der Osten and Horst Vey. Painting and Sculpture in Germany and the Netherlands 1500 to 1600. Baltimore, 1969, p. 102.
Hans Werner Grohn in L'opera pittorica completa di Holbein il Giovane. Milan, 1971, pp. 88–89, no. 18, ill.
Hans Reinhardt in Neue deutsche Biographie. 9, Berlin, 1972, p. 516.
Letters of Roger Fry. New York, 1972, vol. 1, p. 25, 262, n. 2 to letter 186, fig. 31.
Gert von der Osten. Deutsche und niederländische Kunst der Reformationszeit. Cologne, 1973, p. 111.
Howard Hibbard. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1980, pp. 261, 268, fig. 479.
Burton B. Fredericksen. "'E COSI DESIO ME MENA'." J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 10 (1982), p. 31, fig. 11, compares the representation of a horse towards the center of the background frieze in our portrait with the horse in the recently acquired Allegory attributed to Holben in the J. Paul Getty Museum.
John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. London, 1984, pp. 233, 236, notes that Fry had at one point considered transferring this painting to canvas, "but an excited letter from Basel explained that the picture was on paper on panel, and that transfer was therefore inadmissible".
John Rowlands. Holbein: The Paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger. Oxford, 1985, pp. 29–30, 126, no. 6, pl. 7.
Introduction by James Snyder in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Renaissance in the North. New York, 1987, pp. 15, 117, colorpl. 83.
Christian Müller. Hans Holbein d.J.: Zeichnungen aus dem Kupferstichkabinett der Öffentlichen Kunstsammlung Basel. Basel, 1988, p. 12.
Oskar Bätschmann. Malerei der Neuzeit. [Zurich], 1989, p. 2, fig. 6, wonders if Benedikt brought Mantegna prints from Italy.
Maryan Ainsworth. "'Paternes for phiosioneamyes': Holbein's Portraiture Reconsidered." Burlington Magazine 132 (March 1990), p. 175, figs. 3 and 4 (infrared reflectogram detail), observes that in this portrait, "the preparatory drawing is itself the underdrawing," as Holbein pasted it on panel and then painted over it; mentions other instances in which Holbein used a drawing as the painting support, includng the portrait of his wife and two children in Basel (Kunstmuseum); here, using a "dry, crumbly medium, probably black chalk," he sketched the features in lightly: the lips are slightly parted and the nose less in profile than in the final painting; remarks that technical examination suggests that the underlying panel is a replacement of the original one [see Ref. Hauser 1906].
Christian Müller. "New Evidence for Hans Holbein the Younger's Wall Paintings in Basel Town Hall." Burlington Magazine 133 (January 1991), p. 26, in his discussion of Holbein's plans for scenes of "Emperor Sertorius" and "The Parable of the Horses" (preserved in copies), mentions that horse-tamers at the left and right are based on the sculpture of the Dioscuri, Monte Cavallo, Rome, as is the case, he believes, in the background frieze of our painting; suspects that Holbein knew the Dioscuri through an ornamental print by Nicoletto da Modena (Bartsch 55).
Nott Caviezel in 1000 Years of Swiss Art. New York, 1992, p. 89, ill. (color), remarks that the composition and the background frieze suggest the artist spent time in Italy, "but may also denote the trade relations the Hertensten family . . . entertained with the south".
Colnaghi in America: A Survey to Commemorate the First Decade of Colnaghi New York. New York, 1992, pp. 27, 131.
Claudia Baer Freie Universität, Berlin. Die italienischen Bau- und Ornamentformen in der Augsburger Kunst zu Beginn des 16. Jahrhunderts. Frankfurt, 1993, p. 198 n. 48.
Charles D. Cuttler. "Holbein's Inscriptions." Sixteenth Century Journal 24 (Summer 1993), p. 372.
Claudia Hermann and Jochen Hesse. "Das ehemalige Hertensteinhaus in Luzern: Die Fassadenmalerei von Hans Holbein d. J." Unsere Kunstdenkmäler 44, no. 2 (1993), p. 179.
Christopher S. Wood. Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape. Chicago, 1993, pp. 143, 145, discusses this portrait in the context of works painted on parchment attached to panel and finds it "inconceivable that a painter would have piled up so much pigment on a thin, flexible, unattached sheet".
Oskar Bätschmann and Pascal Griener. "Holbein—Apelles. Wettbewerb und Definition des Künstlers." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 57, no. 4 (1994), pp. 636–38, note that in the inscription, the sitter's words are recorded in the past tense and in contemporary German, while the artist communicates in Latin, in the imperfect tense; believe that Holbein's use of the imperfect rather than the past tense for the act of painting reveals his awareness of a discussion in Pliny's "Natural History" (1.26–27), in which Pliny claims that Apelles used the imperfect, with its connotation of incompletion, to express modesty, to guard against criticism, and to imply that the work was interrupted and could potentially be continued; further note that Pliny saw the imperfect as implying that the artist's ability is even greater than what is present in the work at hand, and that the future promises still greater achievements.
Stefan Gronert. Bild-Individualität: Die "Erasmus"-Bildnisse von Hans Holbein dem Jüngeren. Basel, 1996, pp. 48–52, fig. 5.
Derek Wilson. Hans Holbein: Portrait of an Unknown Man. London, 1996, pp. 61–62, comments on the unusual combination of a three-quarter view of the sitter's face, with eyes focused directly on the viewer; notes that "someone looking out of the corners of his eyes almost inevitably appears uncertain, haughty or shifty. It was no doubt for this reason that Holbein subsequently abandoned this pose almost completely"; finds the sitter's apparent diffidence out of keeping with the richness of his dress and the projection of social standing; believes that his "unsatisfactory treatment [here] is probably the result of painterly ambition unmatched by experience".
Oskar Bätschmann and Pascal Griener. Hans Holbein. Princeton, 1997, pp. 24–25, 46, 68, fig. 20, believe that Holbein included the frieze after Mantegna at the urging of Hertenstein himself, and that the patron provided the painter with reproductive prints to refer to.
Stephanie Buck. Holbein am Hofe Heinrichs VIII. Berlin, 1997, pp. 157–58, fig. 29, asserts that the frieze here has the effect of heroicizing the sitter; notes that although Holbein depends on Mantegna's "Triumphs of Caesar" for its design, he has varied the composition and some of the motifs, creating a less solemn and more lively and emphatic procession; sees the liveliness of the frieze—less architectural ornament than sculpture brought to life—as underlining the lively energy of the young Hertenstein; judging from Albert Landerer's reconstruction of the Hertensteinhaus decoration [see Ref. Rowlands 1985, pl. 143], asserts that Holbein followed Mantegna's Triumph engraving more faithfully in this context, suggesting an actual trip to Italy in the winter of 1517–18.
D. M. Klinger and Antje Höttler. Die Malerbrüder Ambrosius und Hans d. J. Holbein. Cheb, Czech Republic, 1998, p. 88, no. 6, ill. p. 89 and colorpl. IV.
Charles Sterling and Maryan W. Ainsworth in "Fifteenth- to Eighteenth-Century European Paintings." The Robert Lehman Collection. 2, New York, 1998, p. 24 n. 6.
Johann Eckart von Borries. "Review of Ref. Bätschmann and Griener, 1997." Journal für Kunstgeschichte 3, no. 2 (1999), p. 156, rejects the notion that the "Apelles imperfect" used by Holbein in the signature here was an indication of the artist's special interest in Pliny and the latter's understanding of the role of the artist [see Refs. Bätschmann and Griener 1994 and 1997]; instead sees the verb form in the signature as a fashion in German painting at the time that lasted for two decades, noting that Holbein was one of the last to use the imperfect in this context; questions Bätschmann and Griener's view of Holbein's general learnedness.
Stephanie Buck. Hans Holbein, 1497/98–1543. Cologne, 1999, pp. 19–20, fig. 18.
Jeanne Elizabeth Neuchterlein. "Holbein and the Reformation of Art." PhD diss., University of California, Berkeley, 2000, pp. 241–43, fig. 5.8.
Stephanie Buck. "International Exchange: Holbein at the Crossroads of Art and Craftsmanship." Hans Holbein: Paintings, Prints, and Reception. Washington, 2001, pp. 61, 63, fig. 9.
Christian Müller. "It is the Viewpoint that Matters: Obsevations on the Illusionsitic Effect of Early Works by Hans Holbein." Hans Holbein: Paintings, Prints, and Reception. Washington, 2001, pp. 26–27, fig. 12, notes that our portrait is optimally viewed from the right, and that Holbein deliberately widened the sitter's form and the angle of the corner he inhabits to enhance a view from the right; this, he believes, emphasizes the transience of the sitter as well as that of the viewer as he passes by the portrait; mentions other paintings in which Holbein creates a similar effect.
Quentin Buvelot in Hans Holbein the Younger, 1497/98–1543: Portraitist of the Renaissance. Exh. cat., Mauritshuis, The Hague. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 2003, p. 167 n. 24, notes that in Holbein's earlier portraits the sitter generally looks away from the viewer and mentions this portrait and the 1527 portrait of Lady Guildford [Saint Louis Art Museum] as exceptions to this rule.
Susan Foister. Holbein and England. New Haven, 2004, p. 171, fig. 177.
Jochen Sander. Hans Holbein d. J.: Tafelmaler in Basel, 1515–1532. Munich, 2005, pp. 12, 29 n. 12, p. 30 n. 20, pp. 97–98 n.13, pp. 102, 106, 116–19 n. 3, pp. 121–22 nn. 49–70, pp. 123, 141 n. 7, pp. 459–60, fig. 73 (infrared detail), fig. 74 (x-radiograph), colorpl. 23, notes that the "triumphator" is not depicted in the frieze, probably because in 1517 the part of Mantegna's engraving showing Caesar on a chariot was not yet available.
David R. Smith. "Portrait and Counter-Portrait in Holbein's 'The Family of Sir Thomas More'." Art Bulletin 87 (September 2005), pp. 498, 506 n. 104, fig. 15, notes that Holbein "has turned Mantegna's fairly sedate, archaeologically correct Roman triumph into a much rowdier parade of nudes and wildmen," thus "wittily subverting both classical culture and the urbane, pink-clad figure of von Hertenstein".
Maryan W. Ainsworth et al. in Hans Holbein the Younger: The Basel Years, 1515–1532. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Munich, 2006, pp. 15, 62, 115, 172, 178–80, 192, 214, 264, 294, no. 30, ill. p. 179 (color).
Jochen Sander in Dürer, Cranach, Holbein; Die Entdeckung des Menschen: Das deutsche Porträt um 1500. Exh. cat., Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Munich, 2011, pp. 139, 148, 151, no. 79, ill. pp. 138, 149 (color, overall and detail).