23 - 24 June 2015
Workshop of Lucas Cranach I (Kronach 1515-1586 Weimar)
Portrait of John the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony (1468-1532)
with monogram (upper right)
oil on panel
18.6 x 14.2 cm.
inscribed 'IMMORTALE DVCVM DECVS HAC SVB IMAGINE LUCAS / PINXT IOANNEM SAXONI TERRA TIBI ? / SIC DE SE MERTO TVLIT HVNC RITESELLVS HONORE / HVIVS ID EXEMPLVM POSTERITATIS ERIT ?' (lower centre)
(Possibly) Paul Mersch, Paris; his sale; Hotel Druôut, Paris, 8 May 1908, lot 24, as Lucas Cranach the Elder.
A. Chatain, Chicago, from whom acquired in 1912 by Watson Bradford Dickerman;
by whom bequeathed to his wife Mrs. Watson Bradford Dickerman;
by whom gifted to The Brooklyn Museum of Art, 1949, no. 49.231.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 31 January 2013, lot 253,
where bought by the father of the present owners.
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