Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

Ludwig, Count Palatine (1539–1583), Aged 10

Photo credit: Compton Verney

How you can use this image

This image can be used for non-commercial research or private study purposes, and other UK exceptions to copyright permitted to users based in the United Kingdom under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended and revised. Any other type of use will need to be cleared with the rights holder(s).

Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

The collection that owns the artwork may have more information on their own website about permitted uses and image licensing options.

Review our guidance pages which explain how you can reuse images, how to credit an image and how to find images in the public domain or with a Creative Commons licence available.


Add or edit a note on this artwork that only you can see. You can find notes again by going to the ‘Notes’ section of your account.

When this portrait was painted in 1549, the sitter, Ludwig, then ten years old, was at the court of Baden in north-west Germany. He later became ruler of the German principality of the Upper Palatinate, and in 1576 succeeded to the title of Elector Palatine as Ludwig VI. This finely painted picture is one of several portraits of German princes executed by Hans Besser, each of whom wears a black cap decorated with gold petals, an oval badge, a gold chain, a hunting whistle and a knife case.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney




oil on panel


H 59.5 x W 45 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0283.N

Acquisition method

purchased, 2002

Work type


Inscription description

painted : in capitals : lvdovicvs com/pal rheni dvx / bavariaeano / dni 1549 / aetatis 10

Normally on display at

Compton Verney

Compton Verney, Warwickshire CV35 9HZ England

This venue is open to the public. Not all artworks are on display. If you want to see a particular artwork, please contact the venue.
View venue