CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)
A Princess of Saxony1517
Oil and tempera on limewood, 43 x 34 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
There is a companion piece showing a prince. The two children, dressed in characteristic Saxon costumes of the finest type, have been thought to be brother and sister, perhaps the children of Duke George the Bearded. The crown worn by the boy, however, signifies his engagement to be married, and the girl is likely to be his future bride. Cranach, court painter at Wittenberg and the leading artist in Saxony, was in great demand as a portraitist; these two paintings well explain the master's popularity.