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Portrait of Magdalena of Saxony, Wife of Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg

A work made of oil on panel.
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  • A work made of oil on panel.


c. 1529


Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472 (?)–1553)

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As court painter to the electors of Saxony, Lucas Cranach the Elder developed a portrait style that catered to his patrons’ concern with dynastic continuity by emphasizing their princely status through careful depictions of their sumptuous garb and lavish jewelry. The artist’s attention to such details enabled the identification of this sitter: a signet ring in a companion portrait of her husband in the Philadelphia Museum of Art reveals her to be the Saxon princess Magdalena. A watercolor showing Magdalena in the same richly patterned dress suggests that Cranach made this portrait during his visit to Berlin around 1529.


On View, Gallery 207


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Lucas Cranach, the Elder


Portrait of Magdalena of Saxony, Wife of Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on panel


59.8 × 41.6 cm (23 9/16 × 16 3/8 in.); Framed: 69.3 × 50.8 × 5.8 cm (27 1/4 × 20 × 2 1/4 in.)

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Gift of Kate S. Buckingham

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