Sophie of Mecklenburg (1481–1503)

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Sophie of Mecklenburg
Sophie of Mecklenburg (1481–1503).jpg
Spouse(s) John, Elector of Saxony
Noble family Griffins
Father Magnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg
Mother Sophie of Pomerania
Born (1481-12-18)18 December 1481
Died 12 July 1503(1503-07-12) (aged 21)
Buried City church of St. Mary in Torgau

Sophie of Mecklenburg, also spelled Sophia (18 December 1481 – 12 July 1503 in Torgau) was a German noblewoman. She was a Duchess of Mecklenburg by birth and by marriage Electoral Princess of Saxony.


Sophie was the third of seven children and the second daughter of Duke Magnus II of Mecklenburg and his wife Sophie of Pomerania.

On 1 March 1500, she married Electoral Prince John of Saxony. John and Sophie had a son together:

Torgau Altarpiece

Sophie died shortly after the birth of her son before her husband became Elector. She was buried in the city church of St. Mary in Torgau. Her bronze grave plate was crafted by Peter Vischer the Elder in his workshop in Nuremberg, after a design by Jacopo de' Barbari.

Her widow and his brother Frederick the Wise found an altar in her memory. It was decicated to Saint Anne and the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and was inaugurated on 18 July 1505. The brother commissioned an altar piece from Lucas Cranach the Elder. A triptych which is now on display at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and is known as the Torgau Altarpiece, is generally believed to be this altarpiece.[1] Another painting by Cranach, a compact representation of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, remained in Torgau, and is now placed behind her grave.


  • Friedrich Wigger: Stammtafeln des Großherzoglichen Hauses von Meklenburg, in: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde, vol. 50, 1885, p. 111-326 (Online)
  • Peter Findeisen, Heinrich Magirius (eds.): Die Denkmale der Stadt Torgau, in the series Die Denkmale im Bezirk Leipzig, Seemann, Leipzig, 1976
  • Ingetraut Ludolphy: Friedrich der Weise, Kurfürst von Sachsen. 1463–1525, Göttingen, 1984, ISBN 3-525-55392-7

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  1. ^ Eva Mongi-Vollmer: Meisterwerke im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 2007, p. 90