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

Portrait of Princess Maria of Saxony

1534
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 51 x 36 cm
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt

Princess Maria of Saxony (1515-1583) was the daughter of Elector John the Steadfast from his second marriage to Margaret of Anhalt. The nineteen-year-old princess is shown here in a betrothal picture: her hair is drawn up beneath a hood crowned by a golden bridal chain trimmed with pearls.

This panel was executed by the workshop. There is another version of the portrait in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon which is also a workshop product painted by a different artist in the workshop.




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