Portrait of a Man with a Rosary

Lucas Cranach the Elder German

Not on view

This painting and Portrait of a Woman in Prayer (Kunsthaus, Zürich) originally formed the wings of a devotional triptych. The young, well-dressed sitter appears seemingly transfixed by the now-lost central image—perhaps of the Virgin and Child—to which he offers a silent prayer as he pauses on a bead of the rosary held in his left hand. The man’s ring, bearing the coat of arms of the Dutch families of Six van Hillegom and Six van Oterleek, suggests that he came from the Netherlands. Cranach probably painted this portrait during his visit there in 1508.

Portrait of a Man with a Rosary, Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, Kronach 1472–1553 Weimar), Oil on oak

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