Barthel Beham

Ursula von Weichs

1531
Beham served Ludwig X, Duke of Bavaria, who ruled a state carved out from his elder brother’s territories. To preserve the family’s patrimony, the Duke never married, instead taking Ursula von Weichs as his consort. Beham painted the couple in these pendant – or paired – portraits that share the same space – note the green curtain linking the two works. Social conventions dictated that while he looks outward, she gazes demurely at him. Frame: painted and gilded papier-maché over wooden substructure. Austria, 19th century (?). Made for the work
Title
Ursula von Weichs
Date
1531
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on conifer wood
Dimensions
69.8 x 57.8 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 1954
Accession number
6187

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