Portrait of the Duchess of Catherine of Mecklenburg, Lucas Kranach Sr., 1514

Portrait of the Duchess of Catherine of Mecklenburg, Lucas Kranach Sr., 1514
Portrait of the Duchess of Catherine of Mecklenburg, Lucas Kranach Sr., 1514 - 1

  • Posted by Lucas Kranach Sr
  • Museum: Dresden Gallery
  • Year: 1514

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the Duchess of Catherine of Mecklenburg – Lucas Kranach the Elder. 1514. Oil on canvas translated from wood. 184×82.5

   The idea of the canvas – parity – affected the compositional solution of both works. Firstly, they are the same in size, and secondly, the postures of the spouses are similar (their hands are connected at the waist level: Henry holds the sword in the sheaths, they are simply folded at Catherine). In both portraits, the background is black, it best emphasizes the gold of costumes. The color scheme in the paintings is similar: the gold of the duchess dress corresponds to the gold of the decor of the duke costume. The two of them are accompanied by dogs – the duchess has a small tamed (researchers even note the external similarity of the duchess and petomitsa), the duke has a strong hunting pot. The finest filigree finish of the smallest details indicates the thoroughness of the master.