Cranach - Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg
Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Grunewald hunting lodge
19.02.2019 - 13:59
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SPSG_GKI9377
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_SPSG_GKI9377
FR (1978) No.FR330
Title:
Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg[CDA 2012]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011] [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 164-165, I.7] [Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003, 170, No. 22] [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 291, No. 169]
Dating:
1529[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerHohenzoller dynasty, Georg Friedrich Prince of Prussia
RepositoryGrunewald hunting lodge
LocationGrunewald
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 52.4 x 35.8 cm [Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]
Support:
Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.) [Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at the shoulder: winged serpent (with elevated wings) and date '1529'
Description:
The painting depicts Elector Joachim I of Brandenburg as a half-length figure against a dark background. He is turned slightly to the right and looks in the same direction. His robe is made of dark red damask with a white pomegranate pattern and lined with fur. Under this he wears an orange-red doublet richly embroidered with pearls to create a pattern of acanthus leaves and a zigzag motif. He wears numerous rings on his finger and holds rosary beads in his hands. [see Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 164-165, I.7]
Provenance:
- 1902 acquired by Kaiser Wilhelm II for the Hohenzollern museum from a private collection in Frankfurt
[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 164-165, I.7]
Exhibitions:
Hamburg 2003, No. 22
Berlin 2009/10, Cat.-No. I.7
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Martin 201056, Fn. 47
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A164-165No. I.7Fig. I.7
Most, Wolf et al. 200991-94Figs. 5, 6, 9
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005471, 472under No. 41
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 200334, 17022Pl. 22
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979135No. 330Fig. 330
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974268, 291No. 169Fig. 132
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1973No. 24
Börsch-Supan 196443No. 45
Lilienfein 194268
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932265
Friedländer 190515
Exhib. Cat. Erfurt 1903No. 15a
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
‘In a variant of this painting, which is now in the castle of Aschaffenburg (Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen), the elector is depicted as ruler, wearing a large feathered beret and a signet ring. Technical examinations have shown that the faces of both portraits are almost identical and therefore were probably executed at the same time. However the bad condition of the painting in Aschaffenburg makes it difficult to determine which of the two paintings served as a template. The portrait of Joachim in Berlin could be the left wing of a diptych or triptych with a sacred representation in the centre and a right wing possibly depicting Cardinal Albrecht or Joachim II; but probably not his wife Elizabeth of Denmark.’
[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 164-165, I.7]