Hans Mielich (German, 1516-1573)
oil on wood, Framed: 81 x 62.5 x 8.5 cm (31 7/8 x 24 9/16 x 3 5/16 in.); Unframed: 61.4 x 46 cm (24 1/8 x 18 1/16 in.). The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection 1944.88
Maria von Freyberg was in the court of Albert V, Duke of Bavaria. However, as Lutherans, the family eventually fell from favor as Catholic political interests consolidated power in Bavaria. Mielichâ€™s work for the Munich court included illustrating an inventory of the duchessâ€™s jewelry, seen in the meticulous attention here to the sitterâ€™s brooches, necklaces, and rings. The diamond and ruby ring on her left index finger would have slid apart to reveal a private message or image underneath
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