Hans Besser Active 1537–58

Portrait of Ludwig, Count Palatine, aged Ten

Details

Artist

Hans Besser Active 1537–58

Title

Portrait of Ludwig, Count Palatine, aged Ten

Date

1549

Medium

Oil on paper on wood panel

Dimensions

h x w: 595 x 450 mm

Reference

CVCSC:0283.N

Collection

Northern European

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When this portrait was painted in 1549, the sitter, Ludwig, then ten years old, was at the court of Baden in north-west Germany. He later became ruler of the German principality of the Upper Palatinate, and in 1576 succeeded to the title of Elector Palatine as Ludwig VI. This finely painted picture is one of several portraits of German princes executed by Hans Besser, each of whom wears a black cap decorated with gold petals, an oval badge, a gold chain, a hunting whistle and a knife case.

Hans Besser Portrait of Ludwig, Count Palatine, aged Ten 1549 © Compton Verney