Cranach - Ill-Matched Lovers
Ill-Matched Lovers
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_O455
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_NGP_O455
FR (1978) No.FR283
Title:
Ill-Matched Lovers[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 14] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 81, No. 6]
Dating:
about 1530[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 14] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 81, No. 6]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
RepositoryNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
LocationPrague
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 38 x 25 cm [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Verso: Bottom centre, paper labels with the numbers 'E.C 1963' and 'OP 603' [Cat. Prague 2007, 28]
Description:
The painting depicts a bald-headed old man on the right and a young woman on the left, cheek to cheek, as knee-length figures against a black background. He embraces her around the waist and shoulder, while she strokes his cheek with her left hand and - unnoticed by him- grasps into the purse on his belt with her right hand. She looks directly at the viewer making him complicit in this act. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- 1866 bequeathed by Dr. Jan Kanka
[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
Exhibitions:
Weimar 1972, No. 40
Berlin 1989, No. A 168
Prague 2005, No. 14
Rome 2010, No. 34
Prague 2016, No. 6
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201624, 69, 70, 78-816Figs. pp. 24, 78, 79
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010234, 235, 238No. 34Pl. p. 238
Cat. Prague 200732-3310
Chamonikola 2005 B26 (English version 11)
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200582-84 (English version 32, 34, 35)14Pl. p. 83
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 198962A168
Cat. Prague 1988126, 129282
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979126283
Stewart 1978153
Pigler 1974569
Schade 1974463180
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1972 B40pl. 69
Cat. Prague 19601589
Cat. Prague 19491485
Cat. Prague 193691
Friedländer, Rosenberg 193272233
Cat. Prague 191238118
Cat. Prague 188945162
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - Ill-Matched Lovers - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry, drawing material, pen

    Type/Ductus:
    - schematic, freehand underdrawing
    - delicate, fine lines

    Function:
    - roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours; no representation of volume

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

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 20.07.1998
    • Scientific analysis
    • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
    • Support
    • Dendrochronology has established 1522 as the earliest date for the felling of the tree. [...] This indicates that the painting could have been created from 1524 onwards (Peter Klein, 20 July 1998).
      [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
      • examined by: Peter Klein
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 24.11.1948
        • conservation treatment by: Karel Verselý