Description: Karl Ludwig von der Pfalz (1617-1680), son of the Palatine Elector Friedrich V. and Elisabeth Stuart grew up in exile in Holland after the defeat of his father, the so-called Winter King, against Kaiser Ferdinand II. Only after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 was he able to take over his father's position as Palatine Elector.
The painting depicts the Prince, around the age of 16, as a shepherd with a crook, flute and crown of ivy in a ''portrait historié''. Mythological and historical roles were very popular in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Gerrit van Honthorst produced many likenesses of Karl Ludwig in costume, for example as Apollo. R. Judson and R.E.O. Ekkart reference a lost painting in their monograph of Honthorst (Gerrit van Honthorst 1592-1656, Doornspijk 1999, S. 267), which was described in the 18th century as an image of the Palatine Prince with a ''pike''. This may refer to the shepherd's crook depicted here
Dimensions: 93 x 75 cm
Artist or Maker: GERRIT VAN HONTHORST, circle of
Medium: oil on canvas (relined)
Exhibited: PORTRAIT OF KARL LUDWIG OF THE PALATINATE AS SHEPHERD
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