Portrait of Claus Narr (Claus von Ranstedt)

​One likes to ponder that this may be a faithful portrait of the jester Claus Narr (Fool), due to its realism (and dates).  It bears a slight resemblance to the more standard portraits of him (which can be seen here in the anecdote told about Claus’ recruitment as a fool).

The sketch is described as 16th century, and Claus flourished around the turn of the century when he was fool to several Electors, so it could conceivably have been done from life.  In the drawing he seems to be wearing a cowl or hood with a jester’s bell on the end of what appears to be an ass ear.

He also has before him what looks like a standard half-litre glass of beer.  Perhaps caught relaxing at the inn after a hard day’s fooling?

More on the other Claus portraits to follow.

Credit: Portrait of Claus Narr (Claus von Ranstedt) (16th century), artist unknown; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD), public domain; available on Wikimedia Commons

Portrait of Claus Narr artist unknown; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD), public domain
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