Cranach - Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Lucas Cranach the Younger
Jagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald hunting lodge)
12.12.2018 - 01:50
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SPSG_GKI1192
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_SPSG_GKI1192
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach[CDA 2012]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Younger [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179-180, No. II.3]
Dating:
1571[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
RepositoryJagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald hunting lodge)
LocationGrunewald
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 101.4 x 72.2 cm [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179-180, No. II.3]
Support:
Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179-180, No. II.3]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia over his right shoulder: serpent (with dropped wings) and date '1571'
Description:
The painting depicts Margrave Georg the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach as a half-length figure against a light background. He is turned slightly to the right and he looks in this direction. He wears a black coat with a fur collar over his black gown. In his hands, which are lowered, he holds a black hat with gold decoration. He wears numerous chains and has rings on the fingers of his left hand.
Provenance:
- 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]
Exhibitions:
Berlin 2009/10, No. II.3
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A179-180No. II.3Fig. II.3
Most, Wolf et al. 200991Fig. 5
Hinz 199380
Schade 1974104
Börsch-Supan 196452-53
Rumpf 1823376 (?)
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
‚This variant was created in the same year as the portrait of the margrave with a hat (SPSG_GKI1048). Whereas the other portrait with its reference to the signet ring and the direct eye contact with the viewer can be interpreted as a representative portrait of a ruler, here the protestant Duke appears to be in contemplative prayer. ‘
[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 179-180, No. II.3]