Cranach - Christ Blessing the Children
Christ Blessing the Children
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_DO4238
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_NGP_DO4238
FR (1978) No.FR362G
Title:
Christ Blessing the Children[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 17]
Attribution:
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 20] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 17]
Lucas Cranach the Younger 'Rather L. Cranach the Younger' [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 362G]
Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, No. 17]
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Dating:
about 1538[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 20] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 17]
after 1550[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, No. 17]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
RepositoryNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
LocationPrague
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 52.4 x 74.1 cm (includs addition of 3.5 cm on upper edge) [cda 2014]
Support:
Painting on lime wood [Klein Report, 08.04.2013] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 40, No. 17]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia top right: winged serpent with dropped wings [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 40, No. 17]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Original Inscriptions:
Top: 'LASSET DIE KINTLEIN ZV MIR KOMMEN. VND WERET INEN NICHT DEN SOLCHER IST DAS REICH GOTTES MARCI AM X.' [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 40, No. 17] lower left: donor's coat of arms, identified as that of the Kocka of Kocenstejn family. Kriz Kocka, burgher of Ústí nad Labem (d. 1546) and his sons Mattej Kocka of Kocenstejn (recorded in Ústí in 1581) and Jakub Kocka of Kocenstejn (who purchased a house in Prague in 1551 and is documented as 'hofrychtér' (deputy to the vice-chamberlain) in 1560 and 1575). The brothers probably acquired the right to a coat of arms in 1550 (Micheala Hrubá, 2015). [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 129]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Verso of the panel: - paper label (from the early 20th century?): 'cat. no. 4' - on the frame: 'N: 82' [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 17]
Description:
Christ stands in the centre of this rectangular composition, shifted slightly to the left of the central axis and surrounded by a crowd of mothers with their children. He holds one of the children in his arms and has placed his hand over another's stomach. The mothers crowd in on him from either side. The apostles are visible in the top left corner and their defensive stance betrays their scepticism. In the bottom left corner there is an uidentified coat-of-arms. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- 1819 first recorded in the Nostitz Picture Gallery
- entered the collection of the National Gallery Prague in 1945 from the Nostitz Collection

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 40, No. 17]
Exhibitions:
Prague 2005, no. 20
Prague 2016, no. 17
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201636, 37, 124-13017Figs. pp. 36, 124, 125, 126, 128
Cat. Prague 20074317
Chamonikola 2005 B28 (English version 12, 13)
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200596, 97 (English version 38, 39)20Pl. p. 97
Vlnas 2002
Cat. Prague 1988129286
Andersson 198159
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979143362G
Exhib. Cat. Sofia 19704
Cat. Prague 196216
Ozarowska Kibish 1955198
Cat. Prague 19491491
Friedländer, Rosenberg 193283291f
Cat. Prague 19051039
Frimmel 1892132
Würbs 1864627
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical Examination
  • Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - Christ Blessing the Children - Reverse
  • Support
  • - panel thinned and cradled
    - batten 3.5 cm in width attached to the top edge
    - bevelled on left and right edges
    [cda 2014]
      • Date: 01.06.2014
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Infrared Reflectography
      • Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - Christ Blessing the Children - Infrared Images
      • Underdrawing
      • DESCRIPTION

        Tools/Materials:
        - an autonomous underdrawing is not readily visible; possibly executed employing a fluid, black medium and a brush?

        Type/Ductus:
        - cannot be defined

        INTERPRETATION

        Attribution:
        - not possible

        [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
        • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
        • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
        • Date: 08.04.2013
        • Scientific analysis
        • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
        • Identification of wood species: Lime wood
          [Klein, report 2013]
          • examined by: Peter Klein
          History of Restoration:
          • Date: 17.11.1948
            • conservation treatment by: Karel Verselý