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HANS ASPER (1499-171)

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Originally appearing in Volume V02, Page 767 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HANS ASPER (1499-171), Swiss painter, was born and died at Zurich. 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 Zurich. 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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The name Asper has nothing to the Latin word Aspergos, but with the Iranian name Asper (rooted in the Iranian word "asp," meaning horse. This is brilliantly demonstrated in Bachrach's "The Alans in the West." The aspers were Iranian horse-man,(nomads)who fled from the Huns and settled in the 4th century in all parts of Western Europe. They're closest relatives are the Ossetians of the Caucusus mountains.
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