Portrait of Frederick III of Saxony
|Type||Tempera on canvas|
|Dimensions||76 cm × 57 cm (30 in × 22 in)|
The painting was one of 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.
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
- Costantino Porcu, ed. (2004). Dürer. Milan: Rizzoli.