This painting is part of the group: Diptych: Two Electors of Saxony

Johann Friedrich (1503 - 1554) succeeded his father in 1532 as the Elector of Saxony. He was six years old when this picture was painted. This portrait is joined to one of Johann Friedrich's father, 'Johann the Steadfast'.

The pairing of portraits of father and son is unusual, and may have arisen because the six-year-old Johann Friedrich's mother, Sophia of Mecklenburg, died giving birth to him.

On the reverse of the panel is the family coat of arms. The frame is probably original.

Key facts

Artist dates
1472 - 1553
Full title
Portrait of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
42 x 31.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1991
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Diptych: Two Electors of Saxony

Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder,  Portrait of Johann the Steadfast