ASPER, HANS (1499-1571), Swiss painter, was born and died
at Zürich. He wrought in a great variety of styles, but excelled
chiefly in flower and fruit pieces, and in portrait-painting.
Many of his pictures have perished, but his style may be judged
from the illustrations to Gessner’s Historia Animalium, for which
he is said to have furnished the designs, and from portraits of
Zwingli and his daughter Regula Gwalter, which are preserved
in the public library of Zürich. It has been usual to class Asper
among the pupils and imitators of Holbein, but an inspection of
his works is sufficient to show that this is a mistake. Though
Asper was held in high reputation by his fellow-citizens, who
elected him a member of the Great Council, and had a medal
struck in his honour, he seems to have died in poverty.
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