A half portrait of Friedrich the Wise, Elector of Saxony, depicted in three-quarter profile looking to the left, in his eyes are reflected the lights from a window; with the Saxonian coat-of-arms in the top left and that of the Wettin family on the top right corner, underneath a tablet with a Latin inscription. 1524 Engraving on silk
- Height: 193 millimetres
- Width: 126 millimetres
Inscription ContentSigned and dated in the plate. 8 lines of Latin inscription, which reads in translation "Sacred to Christ. He favoured the word of God with great piety, worthy to be revered by posterity forever. Albrecht Dürer made this for Duke Frederick of Saxony, Arch-Marshal, Elector of the Holy Roman Empire; B[ene] M[erenti] F[ecit] V[ivus] V[ivo] MDXXIIII"
German XVIc Mounted Roy
16 January 1997
Lift, remove debris. Hinge to overthrow mount (with Melinex). Stamp mount.
Edged to mount.
Lifted from mount by undercutting with a scalpel. Debris removed with Culminal (nonionic cellulose ether) poultice and moist cotton wool swabs. Weak areas supported with Japanese paper and Abra starch (wheat starch). Humidified over capillary matting and Gore-Tex in a chamber. Pressed.
Prints & Drawings
A half portrait of Friedrich the Wise, Elector of Saxony, depicted in three-quarter profile looking to the l, in his eyes are reflected the lights from a window; with the Saxonian coat-of-arms in the top l and that of the Wettin family on the top r corner, underneath a tablet with a Latin inscription. 1524 Engraving
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Object reference number: PPA42511
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