Cranach - Charity
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
01.06.2020 - 20:41
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberCH_SS-MAS_A1781
Persistent Link
FR (1978) No.FR223
Charity[Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47] [Sandner 1998 B, 149]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerSturzenegger-Stiftung, Schaffhausen
RepositoryMuseum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen
Dimensions of support: 52 x 36 cm [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47]
Painting on beech wood [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at the left: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing left and dated '1534'; in black paint [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- on the stone: 'CHARITAS.' [cda 2013]
Charity, the personification of altruism, is depicted as a woman, breast-feeding an infant. She sits naked on a stone block and is embraced by a further two children. A small girl with a doll stands at the left edge of the painting. The scene takes place in front of a landscape with bushes. [Herrschaft, cda 2015]
- 1998 purchased from a private collection, Zurich

[Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 47]
- Eisenach 1998, No. 16.8
- Frankfurt/London 2007/08, No. 47
- Düsseldorf 2017, No. 116
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017211No. 116
Görres 2017 B50
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007206-20747p. 207
Koepplin 2007 B66, 7114
Sturzenegger-Stiftung 199823-28
Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 1998148-149No. 16.8Figs. 16.8, 16.8a, 16.8b
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932185
Granberg 1911-1913274
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2017
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen - Charity - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
    An underdrawing is not readily visible. However, in areas where the painted contours diverge slightly from the underdrawing fine lines (brush or stylus?) are discernible (e.g. the hands of the infant embracing charity; the left leg of the child on the right hand side, etc.). These findings indicate the existence of a carefully executed linear underdrawing that was closely followed during the painting process.
    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2018]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner