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Antoine Pesne. Portrait of Baron von Erlach with His Family. 1711. Oil on canvas, 288 x 317 cm. The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. More. [Order a Print][Order a Hand-Painted Reproduction]

Antoine Pesne. Portrait of Baron von Erlach  with His Family.
Sigismund von Erlach (1661-1722), a military specialist; since 1699 he was the ambassador of the Prussian Elector in Switzerland; later he was a Marshal of the Prussian court. He wrote the book Grundlehren des Krieges und ihre Anwendung auf die Taktik und die Mannszucht der preussischen Truppen. In the portrait the baron wears the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle. This portrait was the first work by Pesne in Berlin

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