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#219

Elector Christian II of Saxony (1583–1611)

Christian, Sachsen, Kurfürst (c. 1545-1626) | Person(s) shown
Vries, Adriaen de (c. 1545-1626) | Sculptor

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This brilliant portrait of a ruler was commissioned by Rudolf II (his portrait medallion hangs on the ribbon above his chest) as a gift for Christian II and is a counterpart to the famous bust of the emperor also created by de Vries (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna). Alluding to the desired alliance, the two female supporting figures join hands in unison, while in front of them lies a bundle of arrows as a symbol of their common strength, which, unlike a single arrow, cannot be broken.

Material & Technique
Bronze
Museum
Skulpturensammlung
Dating
1603
Inventory number
H4 001 / 004
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