Cranach - The Ill-Matched Lovers
The Ill-Matched Lovers
Werkstatt Lucas Cranach der Ältere
Obrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_OPH_HS241
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_OPH_HS241
FR (1978) No.FR285B
Title:
The Ill-Matched Lovers[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 285B]
Unequal Couple[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 15]
A Mismatched Couple: Foolish Old Man and Young Temptress[Cat. Prague 1988, 56]
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Attribution:
Werkstatt Lucas Cranach der Ältere [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 15]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 285B] [Cat. Prague 1998, 56]
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Dating:
1531[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerObrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
RepositoryObrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery)
LocationPrague
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 49.4 x 34.1 cm [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 15]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 15]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings and dated '1531'. [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 15]
Description:
A young woman is shown from the back. She embraces an old man and steals money from his purse, while smiling at the viewer over her shoulder. [Görres, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- recorded in the inventory from 1685 as a work by Cranach
[Cat. Prague 1998, 56]

- also recorded in the inventories from 1718, 1757, 1763
- 1990 stolen, 1998 returned to the museum
[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, 28, No. 15]
Exhibitions:
- Prague 2005, No. 15
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200584, 85 (English version 33-35, 39)15Pl. p. 85
Chamonikola 2005 B26 (English version 11)
Kotkova 2005 B43 (English version 19, 20)
Cat. Prague 199856
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979285B
Cat. Prague 1962XVIII
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932235c
Cat. Prague 1912119
Cat. Prague 188946
Schuchardt 1851 C109-110387
Burde 1827305
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'This is a painter's version of a Morality Play about a foolish old man whom a young girl pretends to love in order to get his money. [...] The theme appears repeatedly in the painter's work in many variations, and was a popular decorative painting in the homes of nobles and burghers. The demand of this sort of art was satisfied only with the help of Cranach's workshop, this is particularly visible in the execution of the drapery.'

[Cat. Prague 1998, 56]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Werkstatt Lucas Cranach der Ältere - Obrazárna Pražského hradu (Prague Castle Picture Gallery) - The Ill-Matched Lovers - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTIION
    - an underdrawing is not readily visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    History of Restoration:
    • Date: 2005
      • conservation treatment by: Zora Grohmanová
      • Date: 2001
      • minor restoration [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 7a]
      • conservation treatment by: Martin Martan
      • conservation treatment by: Josef Coban
      • Date: 1998
      • conservation of the frame [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, No. 7a]
      • conservation treatment by: Jan Boubín
      • Date: 1931
        • conservation treatment by: Adolf Belohoubek