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  • Potrait of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg

    Artist:
    Cranach, Lucas I. 1472-1553
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    40x24,5 cm

Cranach, Lucas I. 1472-1553

Potrait of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg

Germany, 1526

Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg (1490-1545) was Elector, Archbishop of Magdeburg, Archbishop of Mainz and a leading political figure of the age of Reformation. He was head of the Catholic Church in Germany and a patron of the arts. It is possible that Cranach never actually saw him and used Dürer's engraving (1520) of the sitter as a model. There are four surviving half-length portraits of the Cardinal by Cranach, and the one from the Hermitage collection is the best. Albert is shown in his red cardinal's hat, wearing a rich black fur coat with a fur collar. Set against the smooth green background is the cardinal’s coat of arms. The tranquil composition, the important pose and the haughty gaze create a dignified and simultaneously highly individual image.

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Potrait of Cardinal Albert of Brandenburg

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oil

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40x24,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Transferred to the Hermitage from the collection of Catherine the Great

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-686

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