Ludwig, who was born in 1463, the son of the Palatinate elector Frederick I and a commoner, was elevated to the rank of a count of Löwenstein am Neckar in 1494. He served the emperor as a military advisor and diplomat. He was murdered in 1524. Baldung depicted him as a respectable gentleman, whose face and powerful grip on his fur cloak are intended to express resoluteness.


  • Title: Count Löwenstein
  • Creator: Hans Baldung Grien
  • Date Created: 1513
  • Physical Dimensions: 46 × 33 cm
  • Technique and Material: Linden
  • Provenance: Acquired in 1918 from the Brose Collection, Berlin
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, Eigentum des Kaiser Friedrich Museumsvereins
  • Inv.-No.: 1842
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-017018
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/gemaeldegalerie/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie, Eigentum des Kaiser Friedrich-Museums-Vereins/ Jörg P. Anders; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 97 / Stephan Kemperdick
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1485 Schwäbisch Gmünd (?)–1545 Strasbourg
  • Artist Biography: Baldung, born into a family of intellectuals, entered Dürer’s workshop in 1503. There he worked on altarpieces and designs for stained glass and woodcuts. In 1509 he settled in Strasbourg, but he continued to accept commissions for the City of Freiburg and for Emperor Maximilian I (prayer book of 1515). Baldung, whose oeuvre includes both portraits and fantastic scenes (with witches), was considered by his contemporaries Dürer’s true artistic successor.

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