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Elector John Frederick the Magnanimous of Saxony

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Georg Pencz
German, c.1500-1550

About this artwork

Georg Pencz’s largescale engraving includes over a dozen coats-of-arms. Frederick and his nephew supported Martin Luther and the Reformation, through both direct financial aid as well as through their support of the artistic propaganda machine directed by Lucas Cranach and his workshop. Indeed, the floral crest at John Frederick’s right elbow represents the Luther Rose, a bold symbol of his commitment to Lutheranism.


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Georg Pencz


Elector John Frederick the Magnanimous of Saxony


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1543


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 40 × 30.9 cm (15 3/4 × 12 3/16 in.); Sheet: 40.4 × 31.2 cm (15 15/16 × 12 5/16 in.)

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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