(active around 1529 in Salzburg)

Cardinal Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg

Oil on parchment mounted on mahogany, 76 x 61 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

This portrait of Cardinal Matthäus Lang von Wellenburg (1468-1540) was painted by an artist who belonged to the Danube School, a painter from Albrecht Altdorfer's circle. The cardinal, who had received a humanistic education, was elected Archbishop of Salzburg in 1519. He was a sponsor of the fine arts, commissioned numerous works and cultivated close contacts with the most eminent artists of his time. In the background left of this portrait, the medieval residence town of Salzburg is visible in a section of a landscape: the Romanesque cathedral, the late-Gothic Church of St. Francis, the fortress and the town wall as well as the summit of the Untersberg.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.