Portrait of the Saxon Prince and Princess, Lucas Kranach the Elder

Portrait of the Saxon Prince and Princess, Lucas Kranach the Elder
Portrait of the Saxon Prince and Princess, Lucas Kranach the Elder - 1

  • Posted by Lucas Kranach Sr
  • Museum: National Art Gallery (Washington)
  • Year: Around 1517

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the Saxon Prince and Princess – Lucas Kranach the Elder. Around 1517. Wood, butter

Portrait of the Saxon Prince Portrait of the Saxon Princess

   Lucas Kranakh is a German painter and graphic artist who combined Gothic traditions with Renaissance art techniques in his work, wrote two famous portraits – young princes and princesses, children of the Duke of Saxon Georg Borodat. Kranakh portrayed his models with sympathy, but nonetheless did not idealize customers.

   Bright and serene seem like each other brother and sister. Blue-eyed, with long straw hair, in a brocade and expensive jewelry, despite their young age, they still look very confident children, ready to face life trials. In the art of the Northern Renaissance, there are probably no analogues of such things in the field of a portrait. It is interesting to compare these works with the work of the Holbein “Portrait of Edward VI as a Child”, where the baby is represented as the heir to the throne in royal robes. In the paintings of Kranakh, children are young nobles dressed in everyday clothes, but simplicity and naivety in their image delight and captivate the audience with their sincerity.