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  • Portrait of a Woman

    Artist:
    Cranach, Lucas I. 1472
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    88,5x58,5 cm

Cranach, Lucas I. 1472

Portrait of a Woman

Germany, 1526

‘Portrait of a Woman’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder, one of the most prominent painters of the German Renaissance, was once believed to be the portrait of Princess Sibylle of Cleves, the bride of Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony. Famed for her beauty, she shone at the court of Frederick the Wise, the Elector of Saxony. However, it is highly likely that without representing a particular person, the portrait embodies Cranach’ perception of ideal female beauty. Such female types could be found in Cranach’s paintings created from the second decade of the 16th century: an oval face with a pointed chin, slightly slanted narrow eyes and a small mouth. The artist skillfully combined red and green tones to lend refinement to the colour scheme. A fanciful winding line outlines the gold jewellery, curly hair, details of costumes and the elegant hat. The painting is complemented by a landscape оpening up behind a dark curtain. It is likely that a specific locality is represented.

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Portrait of a Woman

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oil

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88,5x58,5 cm

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Transferred to the Hermitage from the collection of Catherine the Great

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ГЭ-683

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