Cranach - Portrait of Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony
Portrait of Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop
Fränkische Galerie, Kronach
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_BRD-FGK_mue7133
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_BRD-FGK_mue7133
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Portrait of Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony[CDA 2011]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop[Cat. Kronach 2014, no. 97]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Fränkische Galerie Kronach, revised 2011]
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Dating:
1532
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerFederal Republic of Germany
RepositoryFränkische Galerie, Kronach
LocationKronach
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 78 x 52.5 cm [Fränkische Galerie Kronach, revised 2011]
Support:
Painting on wood [Fränkische Galerie Kronach, revised 2011]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
A half-length portrait of Friedrich the Wise shown in three-quarter profile facing right against a blue background. The elector wears a black beret and a fur-trimmed coat and has a greyish-black beard. A landscape top right. [Görres, cda 2015]
Provenance:
- Giese, Zürich, 02.03.1941 (art market, Switzerland) [1]
- 2.3.1941 the Galerie Giese, Zürich, sold both paintings 'Portrait of Elector Friedrich III the Wise and its pendant 'Johann the Steadfast', to Hermann Göring for the sum of sfrs. 37.000 [2]
- whereabouts after 1945: property of the Federal Republic of Germany [1]

[1]Göring Collection: DHM database:
http://www.dhm.de/datenbank/goering/dhm_goering.php?seite=5&fld_0=RMG00491

[2]BADV Berlin, Property Card, Mü-Nr. 7133 and Mü-Nr. 5868; Göring Report, 113, Nr. 2. see also the inventory of the Göring Collection by Haase 2000, 281;
[http://www.badv.bund.de/DE/OffeneVermoegensfragen/Provenienzrecherche/Provenienzen/Daten/5000_5999/5868.html](accessed 28.01.2015)
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Kronach 2014256-25797
Grimm 199431Fig. A12
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.09.2010
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop - Fränkische Galerie, Kronach - Portrait of Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - fluid, black pigmented medium, brush?

    Type/Ductus:
    - thin, traced lines

    Function:
    - binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe facial features; no representation of volume

    Deviations:
    - minor alterations made during the painting process

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible

    Comments:
    - transferred from a pre-existing design (traced)

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich