Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Titles

Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony

[CDA 2011]

Portrait of Elector Friedrich the Wise

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

Half-length portrait of Friedrich (III) the Wise, Elector of Saxony (1463 - 1525), facing right, against a light blue background. He wears a black beret and a fur-lined overcoat.

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop

[Exhib. Cat. Weimar 2015, 110] [Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

Production date
1532

Production date

1532

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 20.6 x 14.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 20.6 x 14.5 cm

  • [Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia beside the head: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right and dated '1532'

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia beside the head: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right and dated '1532'

  • [CDA 2010]

Inscriptions and Labels
Printed label - top right corner: 'Friedrich III' - beneath: 'Fridrich bin ich billich genand von dem mich nicht wand gonst noch gelt.' …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Printed label
  • - top right corner: 'Friedrich III'
  • - beneath:
  • 'Fridrich bin ich billich genand [...] von dem mich nicht wand gonst noch gelt.'
Owner
Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Museums
Repository
Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Museums
Location
Weimar
CDA ID
DE_KSW_G7
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_KSW_G7/

Provenance

  • recorded in the inventory of the ducal library (Großherzogliche Bibliothek: XVII b 153, 154)
  • 1863 transferred to the museum

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

Exhibitions

Weimar, Wittenberg 1953, No. 65
Weimar 1972, Nos. 49, 50
Nuremberg 1983, 448 under No. 619

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. Weimar 2015 76, 110, 111 69 Fig. 69
Author / EditorWolfgang Holler, Karin Kolb
TitleCranach in Weimar, [Weimar, Schiller-Museum, 3 April - 14 June 2015]
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication2015
Kolb 2015 A 208, Fn. 10, 209 Fig. 1
Author / EditorKarin Kolb
TitleZuschreibung im Cranach-Oeuvre. Neue Überlegungen zu einem alten Problem
Publicationin Elke E. Werner, Anne Eusterschulte, Gunnar Heydenreich, eds., Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Reformation der Bilder
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages206-215
Exhib. Cat. Coburg 2010 153-154 No. 1.1.21 Fig. 1.1.21
Author / EditorLWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Klaus Weschenfelder, Beate Böckum, Ruth Hansmann, Matthias Müller
TitleApelles am Fürstenhof, Facetten der Hofkunst um 1500 im Alten Reich
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2010
Müller 2010 64
Author / EditorMatthias Müller
Title"Menschen so zu malen, daß sie erkannt werden und zu leben scheinen" Naturnachahmung als Problem in Lucas Cranachs höfischer Porträtmalerei
Publicationin: Apelles am Fürstenhof. Facetten der Hofkunst um 1500 im Alten Reich Exhib. Cat. Coburg 2010
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2010
Pages57-73
Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994 354-356 180a
Author / EditorClaus Grimm, Johannes Erichsen, Evamaria Brockhoff
TitleLucas Cranach. Ein Maler-Unternehmer aus Franken [Festung Rosenberg, Kronach 17.05 - 21.08.1994; Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig 07.09 - 06.11.1994]
SeriesVeröffentlichungen zur bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur
Volume26
Place of PublicationAugsburg, Coburg
Year of Publication1994
Grimm 1994 32 Fig. A15
Author / EditorClaus Grimm
TitleLucas Cranach 1994
Publicationin Claus Grimm, Johannes Erichsen, Evamaria Brockhoff, eds., Lucas Cranach. Ein Maler-Unternehmer aus Franken, Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994
SeriesVeröffentlichungen zur bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur
Volume26
Place of PublicationAugsburg, Regensburg
Year of Publication1994
Pages18-43
Cat. Weimar 1992 48-51 015a
Author / EditorHelga Hoffmann, Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar
TitleKunstsammlungen zu Weimar. Die deutschen Gemälde des XVI. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationFulda
Year of Publication1992
Exhib. Cat. Nuremberg 1983 448 under No. 619
Author / EditorGerhard Bott
TitleMartin Luther und die Reformation in Deutschland. Ausstellung zum 500. Geburtstag Martin Luthers
Place of PublicationFrankfurt a. M.
Year of Publication1983
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 137 under 338B
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg, G. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 101, 190 (u.) Fig. 89
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
Schade 1974 54
Author / EditorWerner Schade
TitleDie Malerfamilie Cranach
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication1974
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/schade1974
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1973 under No. 26
Author / EditorWilhelm H. Köhler, Frank Steigerwald
TitleLucas Cranach. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Druckgraphik
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1973
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1972 B Nos. 49, 50
Author / EditorSchlossmuseum Weimar
TitleLucas Cranach 1472-1553. Ein großer Maler in bewegter Zeit
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1972
Exhib. Cat. Weimar, Wittenberg 1953 65
Author / EditorDeutsche Lucas Cranach Komitee, Walther Scheidig
TitleLucas Cranach Ausstellung. Weimar und Wittenberg
Place of PublicationWeimar, Wittenberg
Year of Publication1953
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 272
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1932
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/friedlaender1932
Cat. Weimar 1913 Nos. 147, 148
Author / EditorWillibald Hermens
TitleKatalog des Groszherzoglichen Museums zu Weimar
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1913
Cat. Weimar 1910 Nos. 135, 136
Author / Editorn. a.
TitleKatalog des Groszherzoglichen Museums zu Weimar
Place of PublicationWeimar
IssueSixth edition
Year of Publication1910
Devrient 1897 110 No. 8
Author / EditorErnst Devrient
TitleDie älteren Ernestiner
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1897
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1883 Nos. 53, 58
Author / EditorKarl Ruland
TitleDie Luther-Ausstellung des Großherzoglichen Museums zu Weimar
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1883
Parthey 1863-1864 692 (Bd. 1) No. 234
Author / EditorGustav Parthey
TitleDeutscher Bildersaal. Verzeichnis der in Deutschland vorhandenen Oelbilder verstorbener Maler aller Schulen
Volume1, 2
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1864
Schuchardt 1851 C 130 413
Author / EditorChristian Schuchardt
TitleLucas Cranach des Aeltern Leben und Werke. Zweiter Theil
Place of PublicationLeipzig
Year of Publication1851
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/schuchardt1851bd2
Schöll 1847 167
Author / EditorA. Schöll
TitleWeimars Merkwürdigkeiten einst und jetzt
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1847
Meyer 1817 331
Author / EditorH. Meyer
TitleGemälde von Lukas Kranach dem ältern und jüngern in Weimar
Publicationin Christian August Vulpius, ed., Die Vorzeit oder Geschichte, Dichtung, Kunst und Literatur des Vor- und Mittel-Alters
Volume1
Place of PublicationErfurt
Year of Publication1817

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

There is a black coating on the reverse of the panel and a woodcut by Cranach showing the electoral coat-of-arms, which was painted red, and has been attached to the reverse of the panel, 14.3 x 11.5 cm (sheet size); it was first used in the 'Wittenberger Heiltumsbuch' 1509 [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, No. 101, Fig. 89], the same as the portrait of Friedrich the Wise in Bern from 1532 [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, No. 190] and the painting in Berlin from the same year [Cat. Berlin 1973, No. 26]

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

  • Friedrich III. the Wise, Elector of Saxony, 1532

Images

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Technical studies

06.10.2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • X-radiography
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Equipment: ERESCO 42 MF 4 from the company GE.

Scanner: CRxFlex.

Parameters: 50 KV, 8mA, 20 seconds

Distance from objectt: 3m

[HfBK Dresden, Prof. I. Mohrmann, K. Risse, 06.10.2014]

  • created by I. Mohrmann
  • created by HfBK Dresden
  • created by K. Risse

04. 2010Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
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Underdrawing

- an underdrawing is not readily visible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

Conservation History

Date1970

  • among other measures: renewal of the varnish and retouching

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 48]

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