Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Title

Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

[cda 2020]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[cda 2020]

Painting on oak wood

[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 301, No. 190]

This serial production in portrait format is divided horizontally. In the top section is a half-length, posthumous portrait of the aged Elector of Saxony, Friedrich III (1463-1525, Elector since 1486), also known as Friedrich the Wise. A printed eulogy has been attached to the panel in the lower section.

The signed

This serial production in portrait format is divided horizontally. In the top section is a half-length, posthumous portrait of the aged Elector of Saxony, Friedrich III (1463-1525, Elector since 1486), also known as Friedrich the Wise. A printed eulogy has been attached to the panel in the lower section.

The signed portrait complies with the common basic pattern employed for the many portraits of Friedrich III produced by the Cranach workshop: the elector is depicted against a blue background, facing right, he wears a black beret and a fur trimmed coat over a white shirt; the grey tone of his hair and beard indicate the advanced years of the sitter. The text below, which is written in verse acknowledges the particular merits of the regent.

Verso: the electors of Saxony's coat-of-arms printed on paper.

[cda 2020]

Attribution
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Kunstmuseum Bern, revised 2020]
[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 301, No. 190]

Production date
1532

Production date

1532

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 19 × 14 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 19 × 14 cm

  • [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 301, No. 190]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia centre left edge, above the sitter's shoulder: serpent with elevated wings, facing right

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia centre left edge, above the sitter's shoulder: serpent with elevated wings, facing right

Inscriptions and Labels
- top right, printed on paper: 'Friderich der Drit/ Chur- // furst und hertzog zu // Sachssen.' - bottom, printed …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • - top right, printed on paper:
  • 'Friderich der Drit/ Chur- // furst und hertzog zu // Sachssen.'
  • - bottom, printed on paper: '[Fridrich bin ich billich genand // Schönen frid ich erhielt im land. // Durch gros vernunfft/gedult und glück //] Widder manchen er[?]bösen tück. // Das land ich zieret mit gebew // Und Stifft ein hohe Schul auffs new, // Zu Wittemberg im Sachssen land // Inn der weit die ward bekand //Denn aus der selb kam Gottes wort // Und thet gros ding an manchem ort. // Das Bepstlich Reich störzt es nidder // Und bracht rechten glauben widder. // Zum Keisar ward erkorn ich // Des mein alter beschweret sich. // Dafur ich Keisar Carl erwelt // Von dem mich nicht wand gonst noch gelt.'

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Verso: - lower half:
  • handwritten note from 1821 with a stamp
Owner
Kunstmuseum Bern
Repository
Kunstmuseum Bern
Location
Bern
CDA ID
CH_KMBe_G0591
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/CH_KMBe_G0591/

Exhibitions

Basel 1974, No. 190

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 301 190 Fig. 159 (p. 284)
Author / EditorDieter Koepplin, Tilman Falk
TitleLukas Cranach. Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik
Volume1, 2
Place of PublicationBasel, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1974
Link http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-diglit-104522
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