Cranach - Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Grunewald hunting lodge
23.03.2019 - 20:04
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SPSG_GKI10219
Persistent Link
FR (1978) No.FR182B
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg[CDA 2012]
Lucas Cranach the Elder 'school', Simon Franck (?) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
after 1529[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
RepositoryGrunewald hunting lodge
Dimensions of support: 53.4 x 40.2 cm [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
Signature / Date:
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg is depicted as a half-length figure against a dark green curtain. He is turned slightly to the right and looks in the same direction. His opulent brocade coat is interwoven with gold and only his red biretta indicates his status as cardinal. He wears numerous rings on the fingers of his clasped hands. [see Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
- 1908 purchased by Kaiser Wilhelm II
[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]
Berlin 2009/10, Cat. No. I.8
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A165-166No. I.8Fig. I.8
Decot 2007Fig. 9
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979106No. 182B
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
‘The cardinal’s features are obviously aged and suggest that the portrait was executed after 1529. Cranach, his workshop and his circle generally employed – presumably with the assistance of a stencil – a prototype from about 1525 for the numerous portraits of Albrecht, which depicted the characteristic physiognomy with the large face, the small surly mouth, the eye bags and the long nose. However, despite this the ageing is still apparent.’
[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 165-166, I.8]