The Elector Palatine, Johann Wilhelm, had married Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici, daughter of the Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany, in 1691.

This is the preparatory sketch for a large composition in a series of probably fourteen paintings by Pellegrini illustrating the Elector's life and reign. They were executed for Schloss Bensberg, near Düsseldorf, in the period of July 1713 - August 1714. This may be the first of the preparatory sketches.

Key facts

Artist dates
1675 - 1741
Full title
An Allegory of the Marriage of the Elector Palatine
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
43.2 x 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1962
Inventory number
Location in Gallery