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Duchess Katharina of Mecklenburg (1487–1561)

Katharina, Sachsen, Herzogin (1472-1553) | Person(s) shown
Cranach der Ältere, Lucas (1472-1553) | Painter

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Cranach painted his first portrait of Duke Heinrich in 1514, in the prestigious wedding portrait alongside his wife Katharina of Mecklenburg. These portraits are the earliest life-size depictions of secular rulers. The rich, gold-embroidered garments testified to their high social status. Heinrich acquired his sobriquet “the Pious” on account of his pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. In 1537 he introduced Luther’s Protestant doctrine to his Freiberg territory.

Material & Technique
Oil on panel, transferred to canvas
Museum
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Dating
1514
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 1906 H
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