Johann (1498–1537), Duke of Saxony

Lucas Cranach the Elder German

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In 1505 Lucas Cranach the Elder was appointed court painter to the Electors of Saxony at Wittenberg, serving successively Friedrich III, the Wise, Johann I, the Constant, and Johann Friedrich I, the Magnanimous. The sitter in this portrait, Johann, Duke of Saxony, Margrave of Meissen and Landgrave of Thuringia, was a member of the ducal or Albertine branch of the family as opposed to the electoral or Ernestine line. The bold design, dramatic color, and capricious but graceful outline of the costume are typical of the style Cranach developed as a portraitist to the court.

Johann (1498–1537), Duke of Saxony, Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472–1553 Weimar), Oil on beech

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