Frederick III. the Wise, the Elector of Saxony [recto]; Electoral coat-of-arms [verso]

Frederick III. the Wise, the Elector of Saxony [recto]; Electoral coat-of-arms [verso]

Title

Frederick III. the Wise, the Elector of Saxony [recto]; Electoral coat-of-arms [verso]

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]
[Klein Report, 26.06.1999]

Recto: Bust portrait showing Friedrich the Wise in three-quarter profile facing right against a light blue background. As is typical of these serial portraits he wears a black beret, as well as a fur trimmed mantle over a black robe and an embellished white shirt. His beard and hair are

Recto: Bust portrait showing Friedrich the Wise in three-quarter profile facing right against a light blue background. As is typical of these serial portraits he wears a black beret, as well as a fur trimmed mantle over a black robe and an embellished white shirt. His beard and hair are grey.

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

[Görres, cda 2014]

Attribution
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 16]
[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]

Production date
1532

Production date

1532

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 20.5 x 14.1 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 20.5 x 14.1 cm

  • [cda 2014]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia centre left: winged serpent with upright wings, facing right

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia centre left: winged serpent with upright wings, facing right

  • [cda 2014]

Inscriptions and Labels
Top right (a paper label on the panel), printed inscription: 'Friderich der Drit/Chur. Furst vnd herzog zu Sachssen.' Bottom (a paper label on the …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Top right (a paper label on the panel), printed inscription: 'Friderich der Drit/Chur.
  • Furst vnd herzog zu
  • Sachssen.'
  • Bottom (a paper label on the panel), printed inscription:
  • 'Fridrich bin ich billich genand
  • Schönen frid ich erhiel im land.
  • Durch gros vernunfft geduld und glück
  • Widder manchen erzbösen tück.
  • Das land ich zieret mit gebew
  • Und Stifft ein höhe Schul auffs new.
  • Zu Wittenberg im Sachssen land
  • Inn der welt die ward bekand
  • Denn aus der selb kam Gottes wort
  • Und thet gros ding an manchem ort.
  • Das Bepstlich Reich stört 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.'
  • [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Recto of the panel, bottom: 'RENOV: ET PRAESENTATUM. 1639'
  • [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]
Owner
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Repository
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Location
Prague
CDA ID
CZ_NGP_DO4573
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/CZ_NGP_DO4573/

Provenance

  • acquired in 1945 from Heinrich Schicht, Ústí nad Labem

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]

Exhibitions

  • Prague 2005, No. 16

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Florence 2017 76 under no. 7
Author / EditorFrancesca de Luca, Giovanni Maria Fara
Title I volti della Riforma. Lutero e Cranach nelle collezioni medicee [Uffizi, Florence]
Place of PublicationFlorence, Milan
Year of Publication2017
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016 29, 98-101 11 Figs. pp. 29, 98, 99, 100
Author / EditorOlga Kotková
TitleCranach. Ze všech stran. From all sides.
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2016
Pages16-180
Cat. Prague 2007 41 15
Author / EditorOlga Kotková
TitleNational Gallery in Prague. German and Austrian Painting of the 14th - 16th Centuries. Illustrated Summary Catalogue II/1
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2007
Chamonikola 2005 B 26 (English version 11)
Author / EditorKaliopi Chamonikola
TitleLucas Cranach a ceské zeme/ Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands
Publicationin Kaliopi Chamonikola, ed., Pod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme, Under the winged Serpent, Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands, Exhib. Prague 2005
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2005
Pages13-33 (6-15)
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005 86-87 (English version 35, 36) 16 Pl. p. 87
Author / EditorObrazárna Pražského hradu, Kaliopi Chamonikola
TitlePod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme. Under the winged Serpent. Lucas Cranach and the Czech Land
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2005
Kotkova 2005 B 42, 44 (English version 19)
Author / EditorOlga Kotková
TitleLucas Cranach v Národní galerii v Praze- úvod k technologii obrazu/ Lucas Cranach at the National Gallery in Prague. Introduction to the painting technology
Publicationin Kaliopi Chamonikola, ed., Pod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme, Under the winged Serpent, Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands, Exhib. Prague 2005
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2005
Pages42-44 (19-20)
Kotalík 1988 128 283
Author / EditorJirí Kotalík
TitleDie Nationalgalerie in Prag
Place of PublicationHanau
Issue2nd modified edition
Year of Publication1988
  • Frederick III. the Wise, the Elector of Saxony [recto]; Electoral coat-of-arms [verso], 1532

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Technical studies

06. 2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared Reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- dry, drawing material, chalk or pounced?

Type/Ductus:

- copied lines; possibly freehand underdrawing in the headdress

- thin lines

Function:

- relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the facial features; no representation of volume

Deviations:

- minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- not possible

Comments:

- after a pre-existing design

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]

  • photographed by Ingo Sandner
  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich

25.06.1999Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

Identification of wood species: beech wood

Dendrochronology has established 1524 as the earliest date for the felling of the tree. [...] This indicates that the painting's creation is plausible from 1525 onwards (Peter Klein, 25 June 1999).

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 15]

  • examined by Peter Klein

Conservation History

Date1639

According to inscription on recto of the panel: "RENOV: ET PRAESENTATUM. 1639"

  • conservation treatment by Unknown

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