Cranach - Portrait of a woman
Portrait of a woman
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
23.11.2017 - 00:54
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCH_KHZ-KMB_Dep24
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CH_KHZ-KMB_Dep24
FR (1978) No.FR027
Title:
Portrait of a woman[CDA 2011]
Portrait of a Donor[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 74, No. 27]
A Woman Praying[Koepplin, Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, Bd. 2, 682]
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Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]
Dating:
about 1508[Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]
about 1508-1510[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 27]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerKunsthaus Zürich
RepositoryÖffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel
LocationBasel
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 42.6 x 33.7 x 0.45-0.7 cm (trimmed along the bottom edge) [Heydenreich, CDA 2010]
Support:
Painting on oak wood [Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
Half-length portrait of a young woman praying. She wears a black dress and a dutch bonnet and is depicted in three-quarters profile, facing left. Reverse: St Catherine (in Grisaille) [Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, revised 2011]
Provenance:
- Nuremberg, Chillingworth coll. (1919) [1]
- 1925 donated to the Kunsthaus Zürich by Werner Abbegg [2]
- since 1985 on loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel


[1] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 27]
[2] [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, 138]
Exhibitions:
Basel 1974
Frankfurt am Main/London 2007-2008
Brussels 2010, 138, No. 61
Düsseldorf 2017, No. 69
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017158No. 69
Exhib. Cat. Brussels 201013861p. 138, 173
Borchert 201027
Heydenreich 2007 A48, 49, 179, 219, 332Fig. 24
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007138-13913p. 139
Schade 200792, 94
Cat. New York 198036 (Bd. 1), 295 (Bd. 2)
Friedländer, Rosenberg 197974No. 27Fig. 27
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974680-683No. 595Figs. 334, 336
Schade 197454Fig. 62
Glaser 192395f.
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'On the verso, in grisaille, a female saint. The panel was probably a wing of a triptych. A strip has been removed below, cutting off a part of the hands. The deal panel and the kerchief both bespeak a Netherlandish origin and suggest that the portrait may have been painted during Cranach’s visit to those parts in 1508'
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1978, 74]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 17.05.2011
  • Technical Examination
  • Support
  • - 1 plank, the grain appears to run vertically
      • Date: 01.03.2010
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Infrared reflectography
      • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel - Portrait of a woman - Infrared ImagesLucas Cranach the Elder - Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel - Portrait of a woman - Infrared Images
      • Underdrawing
      • DESCRIPTION

        Tools/Materials:
        - possibly partially with diluted, fluid medium and brush

        Type/Ductus:
        - underdrawing barely visible
        - thin lines

        Function:
        - relatively binding for the final painted version

        Deviations:
        - minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form (head scarf)

        INTERPRETATION

        Attribution:
        - not possible

        [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
        • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
        • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
        • Date: 01.03.2010
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • UV-light photography
        • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel - Portrait of a woman - UV ImagesLucas Cranach the Elder - Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel - Portrait of a woman - UV Images
          • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich