Herzogin Maria Jacobaea von Bayern
Hans Wertinger (1466-1533)

Herzogin Maria Jacobaea von Bayern,

Material / Technology / Carrier
Lindenholz (Tilia sp.)
Dimensions of the object
69 x 45 cm
AP OG Saal I
Altdeutsche Malerei
Inventory number
Aus der Herzoglichen Kunstkammer München
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München
Hans Wertinger, Herzogin Maria Jacobaea von Bayern, 1526, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Alte Pinakothek München, URL: https://www.sammlung.pinakothek.de/en/artwork/6kLakP048V (Last updated on 05.12.2023)
These pendant portraits (see inv. no. 17) are full of allusions to the marriage alliance concluded in 1522: the links in the duke’s chain are formed by the letter I (for Jacobaea) held by two hands; his collar and choker show the W (for Wilhelm) with an I across it. Meanwhile, the lowest of Jacobaea’s three necklaces shows the W held by two hands. The beadwork lettering on her bodice reads “A BON FINE” (to good end). Duke Wilhelm went on to found the Munich painting collection: in 1528 he commissioned a cycle of large-format paintings depicting events in world history, including Albrecht Altdorfer’s ‘Battle of Alexander’.

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