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John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (printed)

  • Date:

    1609 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brentel, Friedrich I, born 1580 - died 1651 (etcher)
    Cranach, Lucas the elder I, born 1472 - died 1553 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:

    E.132-1960

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 5

Physical description

Print, portrait of a man, , full-length standing, facing slightly right, in armour; in the background, an army besieges the town of Wittenberg. At his feet is a group of grotesque animals among thorns, satirizing the Roman Catholic Church’ a border of 14 heraldic achievements.

Place of Origin

Germany (printed)

Date

1609 (printed)

Artist/maker

Brentel, Friedrich I, born 1580 - died 1651 (etcher)
Cranach, Lucas the elder I, born 1472 - died 1553 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching

Marks and inscriptions

'F. Brentel, 1609.'
Signed and dated

Lettered with Psalm XXXIV, Verse 19 in Latin

Dimensions

Height: 43.2 cm, Width: 36.5 cm

Descriptive line

Print, portrait of John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony, etching by Friedrich Brentel after Lucas Cranach, 1609.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Singer, Hans Wolfgang. Allgemeiner Bildinskatalog. Leipzig: K.W. Hiersemann, 14 v.
Hollstein, F. W. H. German Engravings, Etchings and Woodcuts, ca. 1450-1700. Amsterdam: M. Hertzberger, 1954.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Battle; Armour; Animals; Coat of arms

Categories

Prints; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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