Prince Johann of Anhalt

Prince Johann of Anhalt

Title

Prince Johann of Anhalt

[cda 2012]

Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.)

Medium

Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.)

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]

The portrait depicts Duke Johann IV. of Anhalt in armor. He has turned his head to the left and he looks in this direction. His right hand is on his hip and in his left hand he holds a sword.

Attributions
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder (workshop)

Attributions

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]

Lucas Cranach the Elder (workshop)

[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 167, No. I.10]

Production date
about 1520

Production date

about 1520

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011] [Willing-Stritzke 2015 A, 82]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 64.9 x 45.8 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 64.9 x 45.8 cm

  • [Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]

Signature / Dating
none
Inscriptions and Labels
Inscription at the upper edge: 'EFFIGIES ILLVSTRIS ADVLESCEN/TIS DOMINI JOHANNIS PRINCI/PIS IN ANHALT ANNO ETATIS EIVS SEDECIMO 1520' (a portrait of …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Inscription at the upper edge: 'EFFIGIES ILLVSTRIS ADVLESCEN/TIS DOMINI JOHANNIS PRINCI/PIS IN ANHALT ANNO ETATIS EIVS SEDECIMO 1520'
  • (a portrait of the illustrious young Sir Johann Duke of Anhalt aged sixteen, 1520)
  • [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 167, No. I.10]
Owner
Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
Repository
Grunewald hunting lodge
Location
Grunewald
CDA ID
DE_SPSG_GKI30029
FR (1978) Nr.
FR143B
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SPSG_GKI30029/

Provenance

  • from the beginning of the 19th century until the end of the 1st World War in the possession of the dukes of Anhalt in the Gotisches Haus (Gothic House) in Wörlitz
  • 1958 acquired from a private collection in Cologne
    [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 167, No. I.10]

Exhibitions

Berlin 2009/10, Cat. No. I.10

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Melzer 2015 B 152
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleDer Cranach-Bestand des Gotischen Hauses
Publicationin Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz, ed., Cranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages149-162
Willig-Stritzke 2015 82
AuthorNadine Willig-Stritzke
Title"Verlasset euch nicht auff Fürsten; sie sind menschen, die konnen ja nicht helffen..." Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Fürsten von Anhalt im Kontext der Quellen
Publicationin Elke A. Werner, Anne Eusterschulte, Gunnar Heydenreich, eds., Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Reformation der Bilder
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages72-83
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A 167 No. I.10 Fig. I.10
EditorStiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
TitleCranach und die Kunst der Renaissance unter den Hohenzollern. Kirche, Hof und Stadtkultur
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2009
Most, Wolf et al. 2009 93
AuthorMechthild Most, Anja Wolf, Peter Klein, Undine Köhler, Jens Bartoll, Eva Wenders de Calisse
TitleZur Maltechnik der beiden Cranach und ihrer Werkstatt. Ergebnisse der technologischen Untersuchung der Bildtafeln der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten
Publicationin Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri-St. Marien, eds., Cranach und die Kunst der Renaissance unter den Hohenzollern, Exhib. Cat. Berlin
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2009
Pages86-97
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005 56
EditorHarald Marx, Karin Kolb, Ingrid Mössinger
TitleCranach Anlässlich der Ausstellung Cranach vom 13. November 2005 bis 12. März 2006 in den Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. Eine Ausstellung in Kooperation mit der Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Melzer 2005 56
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleCranach in Wörlitz. Das Gotische Haus als frühe Sammlungsstätte altdeutscher Malerei
Publicationin Harald Marx, Ingrid Mössinger, Karin Kolb, ed., Cranach. Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Pages44-58
Börsch-Supan 1992 14
AuthorHelmut Börsch-Supan
TitleAus der Gemäldesammlung
Publicationin Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin, ed., 450 Jahre Jagdschloss Grunewald: 1542-1992
Volume2
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1992
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 99 No. 143B
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Schade 1974 55 Fig. 114
AuthorWerner Schade
TitleDie Malerfamilie Cranach
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication1974
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/schade1974
Börsch-Supan 1964 42 No. 43
AuthorHelmut Börsch-Supan
TitleDie Gemälde im Jagdschloss Grunewald
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1964

not-assigned

„Im Werk Cranachs sind dieses Porträt und sein Pendant als Knabenbildnisse in Rüstung singulär.“

[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 166-167, No. I.9]

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Research History / Discussion

‘In comparison with the pendant (Elector Joachim II. of Brandenburg) the difference in rank of the sitters is clear. Johann – like the portraits of married couples- assumes a position on the right side, which was generally reserved for subjects of lower rank. His armor is similar to that of the future elector, but less lavish; he also wears less jewellery. In addition the painting is not as ambitious in its execution as that of the higher ranking companion piece.’

[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 167, No. I.10]

‚In Cranach’s oeuvre this portrait and its pendant, depicting young boys in armor, are unique.’

[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 166-167, No. I.9]

  • Prince Johann of Anhalt, about 1520

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Underdrawing

- an underdrawing is not readily visible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner
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  • created by Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg

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