Portrait of Frederick III of Saxony

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Portrait of Frederick III of Saxony
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Artist Albrecht Dürer
Year 1496
Type Tempera on canvas
Dimensions 76 cm × 57 cm (30 in × 22 in)
Location Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

The Portrait of Frederick III of Saxony is a tempera on canvas painting by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, executed in 1496. Is is housed in the Gemäldegalerie of Berlin, Germany.

History[edit]

The painting was one the first commissions received from Frederick III, Elector of Saxony, together with the Seven Sorrows Polyptych and the central panel of the Dresden Altarpiece. Dürer knew the elector during the latter's short stay in Nuremberg in April 1496.

The German artist portrayed the Elector again in a burin etching in 1524.

Description[edit]

Dürer portrayed Frederick's bust from three-quarters, looking right, above a dark green background. Elements such as the parapet on which his arms lie, or the hands holding a roll, were typical of Flemish art of the period.

Frederick's impervious personality, as well as his status, are emphasized by the large beret and by his determined glance[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Costantino Porcu, ed. (2004). Dürer. Milan: Rizzoli.