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  • Portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich

    Artist:
    Pencz, Georg, circa 1500-1550
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    94x72,5 cm

Pencz, Georg, circa 1500-1550

Portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich

Germany, Circa 1550

Georg Penz was a talented student of Dürer, an illustrator and engraver, a leading German Renaissance artist of Nuremberg, famous for his excellent portraits. An outstanding example of his work is this portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich (1502-1559), from 1556 Elector of Pfalz, a leading figure in the Reformation era, patron and passionate art collector, trustee of Heidelberg University. Penz was able not only to capture the sitter's likeness, but also to bring out the main features of his character. Before us is an outstanding strong-willed individual, decisive and with great potential energy. Technical analysis has shown that the pink drapery, not found in any other work by Penz, was added at a later date. Ottheinrich is dressed in hunting costume in the fashion of the 1530s. On his breast are two rings on a cord, one with a ruby, the other with an emerald, which the Count wore in memory of his wife Susanna, who died in 1543.

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Portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich

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oil

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94x72,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in1920; handed over by the State Museum Fund

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-4766

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