Portrait of Johann the Steadfast

This portrait of the Elector of Saxony (1468 - 1532) is joined as a diptych with the portrait of his son, 'Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous', who succeeded him as elector in 1532. Both portraits are in the original frames.

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 back is the family coat of arms. The frame is probably original.

Key facts

Artist dates
1472 - 1553
Full title
Portrait of Johann the Steadfast
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
41.3 x 31 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1991
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

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