Cranach - The Virgin and Child with Grapes in front of a Curtain Held by an Angel
The Virgin and Child with Grapes in front of a Curtain Held by an Angel
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_NGP_O9321
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_NGP_O9321
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
The Virgin and Child with Grapes in front of a Curtain Held by an Angel[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
Attribution:
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 109, No. 13]
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Dating:
about 1535 - 1540[cda 2014] [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 109, No. 13]
about 1540 - 1550[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 20]
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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: 85 x 59 cm [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21] Clear dimension of support: 83.5 x 57.5 cm [cda 2014]
Support:
Painting on wood [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
Signature / Date:
None
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - paper lable 'Narod. Galerie v. Praze O9321 DO 5111' [cda 2014]
Description:
The infant Christ sits on his mother's lap, she is shown as a half-length figure holding grapes in her right hand and the child in her left hand. Christ touches the grapes and rests his hand on the supportive one of his mother. The Virgin's head is inclined slightly to the left and her reddish blond hair cascades over her shoulders and down her back. In the top left corner an angel appears, holding a black curtain, covering most of the picture plane, in front of a blue background. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- Collection of Count Christian Sternberg, Prague? (recorded since 1806)
- 1806-1854 (?) on loan from the Sternberg collection to the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends of the Arts
- 1854 (?) - c. 1945, Sternberg property, recorded in the Castle Cechy pod Kosírem, Moravia

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201631, 106-10913Figs. pp. 31, 106, 107
Cat. Prague 20074620
Vlnas, Sekyrka 1991334-335
Cat. Prague 1962XVII
Mathon 19349-10
Cat. Prague 1827681104
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder - Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague) - The Virgin and Child with Grapes in front of a Curtain Held by an Angel - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry, drawing material, chalk

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

    Function:
    - roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the essential details and the facial features; 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
    Condition Reports:
    • Date: 2007
    • Panel thinned and marouflaged onto plywood [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
    • examined by: Unknown
    History of Restoration:
    • Date: 1979
    • Conservation treatment in the 1970s [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 21]
    • conservation treatment by: Unknown