Cranach - Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Master IW
Královská kanonie premonstrátu na Strahove, Praha (Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague)
20.10.2017 - 08:57
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_KKPSP_O626
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_KKPSP_O626
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Judith with the Head of Holofernes[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 54, No. 34]
Attribution:
Master IW [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 54, No. 34]
Dating:
about 1525[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 54, No. 34]
after 1526[cda 2014]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerKrálovská kanonie premonstrátu na Strahove, Praha (Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague)
RepositoryKrálovská kanonie premonstrátu na Strahove, Praha (Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague)
LocationPrague
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 77.7 x 56.6 cm [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 34]
Support:
Fir wood [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 34]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
Judith stands, facing to the left, behind a marble balustrade on which the head of Holofernes rests. She smiles gently at the viewer while grasping the head with her left hand and holding a sword in her right hand. She is wearing a green velvet dress decorated with eleborate gold brocade, a neckband, a double chain and a red hat with a plume over a hairnet decorated with pearls. A dark curtain in the background creates an appealing contrast to Judith's almost white flesh paint and reveals a narrow strip of landscape to the left beyond the back wall of the room. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- in the Strahov Picture Gallery catalogue it is recorded among the group of paintings purchased in the first half of the 19th century from the collection of governor councillor Janko (Danko?)
- 1941 it was lent to the National Gallery in Prague (inventory no. DO 1055)
- 1957 the Religious Matrix in Prague donated the painting to the National Gallery (inv.no. 7265)
- 1992 the painting returned to the original owner

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 34]
Exhibitions:
- Prague 2005, No. 34
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200534
Kyzourová 1996 B265-267
Kyzourová, Kalina 1993202-203
Matejcek 193115
Mádl 1902406
Cat. Prague 1836974
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared Reflectography
  • Master IW - Královská kanonie premonstrátu na Strahove, Praha (Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov, Prague) - Judith with the Head of Holofernes - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - fluid, black medium and brush

    Type/Ductus:
    - freehand underdrawing
    - thin lines

    Function:
    - relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe facial features; no representation of volume

    Deviations:
    - minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible; could be Master IW or workshop?

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    History of Restoration:
    • Date: 1972
      • conservation treatment by: Mojmír Hamsík