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

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1529

Artist:

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

About this artwork

As court painter to the electors of Saxony, Lucas Cranach the Elder developed a simplified portrait style that catered to his patrons' concern with dynastic continuity and princely status. His portraits of princes present a legible, if not always flattering, rendering of his sitter's features and richly patterned costumes. The Saxon princess depicted her married in to the Brandenburg branch of the Hohenzollern family, and her descendants became kings of Prussia and then emperors of Germany. A companion portrait of her husband is now in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

On View

European Painting and Sculpture, Gallery 207

Artist

Lucas Cranach, the Elder

Title

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

Origin

Germany

Date

1520–1540

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

23 9/16 × 16 3/8 in. (59.8 × 41.6 cm) Painted surface: 23 9/16 × 16 in. (59.8 × 40.6 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Kate S. Buckingham

Reference Number

1938.310

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