Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony

Title

Friedrich III the Wise, Elector of Saxony

[CDA 2010]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
[Klein, Report 1997]

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.

[Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Unsinn 2010]

Attributions
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

After 1860 it was considered to be a workshop portrait
[Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
[Cat. Berlin 1860, 217, No. 636]

Lucas Cranach the Elder

It was attributed to Lucas Cranach the Elder until at least 1841
[Waagen, Cat. Berlin 1830, 190, No. 99]

Production date
1532

Production date

1532

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 13.5 x 13.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 13.5 x 13.5 cm

  • Dimensions including frame: 20.5 x 20.5 cm

  • [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia above the sitter's proper right shoulder: winged serpent with elevated wings and dated '1532' above

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia above the sitter's proper right shoulder: winged serpent with elevated wings and dated '1532' above

Inscriptions and Labels
- top right: there was once an inscription - bottom: remains of an inscription Both inscriptions were probably the same …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • - top right:
  • there was once an inscription
  • - bottom:
  • remains of an inscription
  • Both inscriptions were probably the same as those found on the copies (see related works)

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Reverse of the panel:
  • Organic pattern, below a coat-of-arms.
  • (possibly with a dark glaze?)
  • Woodcut, Coat-of-arms belonging to Johannes of Saxony
  • [handwritten in the documentation file]
  • - top:
  • label: 'N No 315/ Pie: Zoll/ A 5'
  • - Top right:
  • label: 'Staatliche Museen Berlin - Gemäldegalerie/ Katalog Nr. 636/ Lucas Cranach d. Ä. Schule/ Friedrich der Weise'
  • - Beneath to the right:
  • 'I. 715.'
  • - Left: label:
  • 'K.Nr. 636/ Inv. I/715'
  • [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Owner
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
Repository
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
Location
Berlin
CDA ID
DE_smbGG_636
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_smbGG_636/

Provenance

  • 1821 acquired with the Solly Collection
    [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]

Exhibitions

Berlin 1937, 35, 36, no. 91
Rotterdam 1969, no. 306
Leipzig 1994, 29-33

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Aikema 2010 14
Author / EditorBernard Aikema
TitleCranach. A different Renaissance
Publicationin Anna Coliva, Bernhard Aikema, eds., Cranach l'altro rinascimento, a different Renaissance, Exhib.Cat. Rome
Place of PublicationRome
Year of Publication2010
Pages13 - 33
Heydenreich 2007 A 404
Author / EditorGunnar Heydenreich
TitleLucas Cranach the Elder
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Year of Publication2007
Link https://lucascranach.org/application/files/6116/2097/3099/Heydenreich_2007_Lucas_Cranach_the_Elder.pdf
Cat. Berlin 1996 35 Fig. 85
Author / EditorRainald Grosshans, Henning Bock, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
TitleGemäldegalerie Berlin. Gesamtverzeichnis
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1996
Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994 29-33 Figs. A10-A17
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
Auct. Cat. Berlin 1990 No. 374
Author / EditorAuktionshaus Leo Spik, Berlin
TitleLeo Spik, Auktion 554, Berlin, Oktober 1990
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication1990
Auct. Cat. London 1981 A 46 No. 26
Author / EditorChristie's Fine Art Auction House, London
TitleChristie's, Freitag, 11. Dezember 1981
Place of PublicationLondon
Year of Publication1981
Auct. Cat. Cologne 1980
Author / EditorKunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne
TitleVorschau auf Auktion 579. Kunsthaus Lempertz 1980
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication1980
Exhib. Cat. Rotterdam 1969 No. 306
Author / EditorJ. Besse, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam
TitleErasmus en zijn tijd[Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen]
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Year of Publication1969
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937 35, 36 091
Author / EditorStaatliche Museen, Berlin
TitleLucas Cranach d. Ä. und Lucas Cranach d. J. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphik
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1937
Cat. Berlin 1860 217 No. 636
Author / EditorGustav Friedrich Waagen
TitleKönigliche Museen - Verzeichniss der Gemälde-Sammlung
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1860
Schuchardt 1851 C 20-21 26
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
Cat. Berlin 1830 190 No. 99
Author / EditorGustav Friedrich Waagen, Königliches Museum, Berlin
TitleVerzeichniß der Gemälde-Sammlung des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1830
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  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

Identification of wood species: beech wood

  • analysed by Peter Klein

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