Cranach - Portrait of a Young Lady Holding a Finger Fern
Portrait of a Young Lady Holding a Finger Fern
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Národní galerie v Praze, Anežský klášter (National Gallery in Prague, Convent of St Agnes)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_O8668
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_NGP_O8668
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Portrait of a Young Lady Holding a Finger Fern[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Attribution:
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 24] [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 117, No. 15]
Dating:
153(?)8[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNárodní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
RepositoryNárodní galerie v Praze, Anežský klášter (National Gallery in Prague, Convent of St Agnes)
LocationPrague
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 49.7 x 35.9 cm [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Support:
Painting on oak wood [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Signature / Date:
Top left: date '153(?)8' [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
On the reverse side: - paper label: 'E.C. 569' [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Description:
A half-length depiction of a young woman, facing left, against a black background. She wears a broad-rimmed hat over a bonnet and an elaborately decorated robe. A band with a pendant and a double chain decorate her narrow neck. She has crossed her hands in front of her stomach and holds a fern leaf in her left hand. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- in 1797 lent by Countess Maria Ernestine Kolowrat, née d'Ogilvy

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
Exhibitions:
Prague 2005, no. 24
Prague 2016, no. 15
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201633, 114-11715Figs. pp. 33, 114, 115, 116
Cat. Prague 200745, 19319
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005104, 105 (English version 41)24Pl. p. 105, Fig. p. 104 (detail)
Chamonikola 2005 B26 (English version 12)
Kotkova 2005 B42, 44 (English version 19, 20)
Vlnas, Sekyrka 1991331
Cat. Prague 1988129284
Exhib. Cat. Yokohama 198743
Matejcek 191338
Cat. Prague 191239121
Cat. Prague 1889155178
Cat. Prague 18561726
Cat. Prague 18442313
Cat. Prague 182726569
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze, Anežský klášter (National Gallery in Prague, Convent of St Agnes) - Portrait of a Young Lady Holding a Finger Fern - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - fluid, black medium and brushes of varying widths

    Type/Ductus:
    - detailed underdrawing characterized by copied lines in the face, freehand elsewhere
    - delicate, fine lines (face); broader lines (robe and hat)
    - hatching-strokes (face)

    Function:
    - binding for the final painted version in the face and relatively binding in the rest of the painting; lines delineate contours and describe the essential details and the facial features; hatching-strokes serve the representation of volume in the face

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

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible

    Comments:
    - probably with reference to a pre-existing design


    [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 oak tree, which comes from the Baltic area; it was probably felled between 1526-1528 - 1532 + x.
      [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
      • examined by: Peter Klein
      • Date:
      • Infrared reflectography
      • Paint Layers and Gilding
      • - When the panel was taken out of its frame an approx. 1.5 cm wide golden stripe appeared along the entire lower edge

        [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 19]
      • Underdrawing
      • a conspicuous outline of the main lines is visible, in places emphazised by a liquid medium. This testifies that the basic outlines were transferred from another model, probably a drawing of equal size.

        [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 28, No. 19]
        • examined by: Tamara Joudová
        • examined by: Olga Kotková