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 Peter Gertner  (c. 1495 - after 1541)

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Lived/Active: Germany      Known for: Noble portrait, religious painting

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Portrait of Ottheinrich von der Pfalz (1502-1559), Elector Palatine of the Rhine and Count Palatine of Neuburg, bust length
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Peter Gertner was made a citizen of Nuremberg on January 12, 1521.  Like the artist Wolf Traut, under whom he is thought to have studied, Gertner used an austere graphic line and dry, bright colors.  In 1527, he painted a memorial portrait of Kasimir, Markgraf zu Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Burgraf of Nuremberg and his wife Susanna (untraced): it was through Susanna’s second marriage to Otto Heinrich von der Pfalz, the future Elector Palatine, that Gertner moved to the court of Neuberg an der Donau.  It was during his stay here from 1530-9 that he painted Otto Heinrich and other members of the house of Wittelsbach.

While Gertner also painted religious works such as the Crucifixion (1537 Baltimore, Walters Art Gallery) he is chiefly known for his court portraits that are fascinating for their precise rendition of clothes and jewelry.  These portraits were prepared by adding color to pen and ink drawings.  Pictorially complete models, painted on vellum, they served the studio as a basis for producing replicas.

His signature was the monogram 'pg' with a gardener's spade, which explains his occasional sobriquet, 'The Master P.G.'

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