Georg Pencz

Portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich

Portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich
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Author: Georg Pencz
Portraiture, Painting, Oil on panel, 94x72.5 cm
Origin: Germany, Circa 1550

Georg Pencz was a talented student of Durer, an illustrator and engraver, a leading German Renaissance artist of Nurnberg, famous for his excellent portraits. An outstanding example of his work is this portrait of Count Palatine Ottheinrich, from 1536 Elector of Pfalz, a leading figure in the Reformation era, patron and passionate art collector, trustee of Heidelberg University. Pencz was able not only to capture the sitter's likeness, but also to bring out the main elements of his character. Before us is an outstanding strongwilled individual, decisive and with great energy, drawn with a firm, precise drawing style. Technical analysis has shown that the pink drapery, not found in any other work by Pencz, was added at a later date. Ottheinrich is dressed in hunting costume in the fashion of the 1530s. On his breast are two rings on a cord, one with a ruby the other with an emerald, which the Count wore in memory of his wife Susanna, who died in 1543.

Style: Renaissance
Source of entry: State Museum Fund, 1920
Exibition: German Art: 15th - 18th centuries

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