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Fritz Hohenzollern
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Jorg Ziegler
German, about 1572
Pen and ink, colored washes, tempera, and gold paint on parchment
13 7/8 x 10 15/16 in.
MS. LUDWIG XIII 11, FOL. 21

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In this portrait from family genealogy, the German nobleman Fritz Hohenzollern stands in a jaunty pose that displays his elaborately decorated armor and weapons, conveying both authority and wealth. Adding further to his grandeur is the large arch under which he stands. The simulated marble columns and the acanthus-leaf decoration recall ancient Roman triumphal arches like the Arch of Constantine, built to celebrate rulers or military victories. By framing the aristocrat within this classical architecture, the artist associates him with the great leaders of the Roman Empire.