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Elector John Frederick the Magnanimous of Saxony

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1543

Artist:

Georg Pencz
German, c.1500-1550

About this artwork

Georg Pencz’s largescale engraving includes over a dozen coats-of-arms. Frederick and his nephew supported Martin Luther and the Reformation, through both direct financial aid as well as through their support of the artistic propaganda machine directed by Lucas Cranach and his workshop. Indeed, the floral crest at John Frederick’s right elbow represents the Luther Rose, a bold symbol of his commitment to Lutheranism.

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Artist

Georg Pencz

Title

Elector John Frederick the Magnanimous of Saxony

Origin

Germany

Date

1543

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

400 × 309 mm (image); 404 × 312 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1923.323

Extended information about this artwork

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