Portraits of the Brandenburg-Prussian rulers to Kaiser Wilhelm II.

The Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm

Frederick William the Great Elector of Brandenburg (1620-1688) found on his accession, due to the 30-year war and a depopulated country from feral.

Born the son of the Elector George William and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, he expected a full education behind secure walls in Küstrin, until he was sent as a 14-year-old crown prince in the Netherlands to perfect his education.

He was married to Louise Henriette of Orange, with whom he fathered six children. Luise Henriette von Oranien (1627-1667) was the eldest daughter of the Dutch Prince Frederick Henry of Orange and his wife Amalia of Solms-Braunfels.

It is not surprising, that Holland served as a model – At that time, in full flower culture. From there he moved now agriculturists, Canal builder, Livestock keepers, Engineers, Windmueller, etc.. in their countries.

The Brandenburg-Prussian rulers and the Arts

The same process can be observed in the visual arts. The better performers had to devote services to the glamorous design of the courtyard in Berlin. So it is hardly surprising, that almost all the notable portraits are painted by the Dutch, For example, Jan Mytens, Pieter Nason, Goavert Flinck with the portrait of Elector Friedrich Wilhelm 1652 (see above) Hannemann and other.

Later, artists such as Antoine Pesne preference from France. To appreciate Pesne artistic work can, one would have to mention here his portraits of women, bei denen er ganz seinen eigenen künstlerischen Ideen nachgehen konnte ohne Rücksicht auf Vorschriften und Wünsche der Dargestellten. Anton Graff malte Friedrich den Großen 1786 and Friedrich Wilhelm II. at 1790, Francois Gerard immortalized Frederick William III. in 1814. One of the best painters of the military 19. Century was Franz Kruger, we, the Portrait of King Frederick William IV. owe. Mention is also the statue of Paul Buelow William the Great 1883 anfertigte. They all made with their portraits for a permanent testimony to that time period, in a magnificent artistic uniqueness.

The Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm

King Frederick I.

King Frederick William I.

King Frederick the Great

King Friedrich Wilhelm II.

King Friedrich Wilhelm III.

King Friedrich Wilhelm IV.

Emperor and King William the Great

Kaiser and King Friedrich III.

Kaiser Wilhelm II and King.

Those: Hohenzollern Yearbook Jg. 1904, Page Paul Seidel

Other literature: The oldest portraits of the Brandenburg Hohenzollerns, Hohenzollern Yearbook 6.1902, Page 57-69 Paul Seidel

2 Comments on “Portraits of the Brandenburg-Prussian rulers to Kaiser Wilhelm II”

  1. admin says:

    Hello Dirk, You're right of course! Above in the first sentence I write is still true, and then it is wrong captions! Thanks for the tip!

  2. Dirk Peters says:

    Hello Margit,

    a small correction: Elector Friedrich Wilhelm Friedrich Wilhelm was not the Great, it is called the Great Elector, because he made the country after the massive devastation during the Thirty Years' War to a political impact in Europe.