CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)

Donor Portraits of Frederick the Wise and John the Steadfast

c. 1515
Oil and tempera on pinewood, 64 x 49 cm (each)
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg

The co-regency of the two Ernestine brothers Frederick (1463-1525) and John (1468-1532) led to a series of donations of altarpieces in which the two princes had themselves portrayed on the inside of the wings of a triptych. These two fragments consist of the lower halves of the dismembered inner sides of two altar wings.