Cranach - Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Lucas Cranach the Younger
Jagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald hunting lodge)
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SPSG_GKI1048
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Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach[CDA 2012]
Lucas Cranach the Younger [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179, No. II.2]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerHohenzoller dynasty, Georg Friedrich Pince of Prussia
RepositoryJagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald hunting lodge)
Dimensions of support: 94.1 x 77 cm [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179, No. II.2]
Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179, No. II.2]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia over his right shoulder: serpent (with dropped wings) and date '1571'
In the painting Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach is depicted as a half-length figure against a light background. He is turned slightly to the right, but he looks out at the viewer. He wears a black coat with a fur collar over his black gown and a black hat. He has numerous chains around his neck and rings on the fingers of his left hand.
- probably commissioned by Margrave Georg Friedrich of Brandenburg, the son of Georg, for an ancestral portrait gallery in Plassenburg
- 1786 Schloss Ansbach (Ansbach Castle), from where it was transferred to Berlin in 1811
[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179-180, No. II.3]
Berlin 2009/10, No. II.2
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A179No. II.2Fig. II.2
Most, Wolf et al. 200991Fig. 5
Schade 1974104
Börsch-Supan 196452-53No. 35
Rumpf 1823376 (?)
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
‚The underdrawing suggests that a study portrait was executed before the death of the margrave in 1543 and kept in the Cranach workshop. This was then used by Lucas Cranach the younger for this later posthumous portrait.’
[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179, No. II.2]