Cranach - Christ and the Adulteress
Christ and the Adulteress
Lucas Cranach the Younger
Zámek Nelahozeves (Nelahozeves Castle)
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberCZ_ZN_LR5161
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/CZ_ZN_LR5161
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Christ and the Adulteress[Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Younger [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 22] [Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
Dating:
after 1537[Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
1535 - 1539'End of the 30s' [Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 22]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerLobkowiczké sbírky (Lobkowicz Collections)
RepositoryZámek Nelahozeves (Nelahozeves Castle)
LocationNelahozeves
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 126.5 x 75 cm [Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
Support:
Painting on wood [Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
at the top centre: 'WER VNTER EVCH OHNE SVNDE IST DER WERFFE DEN EHRSTEN STEIN AVF SIE IO VIII' [Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40]
Description:
The painting depicts a scene reported in St John's gospel (Joh 8,1-11): while Christ is teaching in the temple the scribes and pharisees bring him a woman who has been accused of adultery. They ask him how he intends to treat this case under Mosaic law, which commands the stoning of the adulteress (Dtn 22,23). They wish to tempt Christ with the question so they can institute proceedings against him. But Christ does not answer, instead he kneels down and writes something on the ground. As he rises he tells the accusers that whoever is without sin should throw the first stone. He kneels again to write on the ground. While he is doing this the scribes depart without throwing a stone at the woman. Christ does not condemn the adulteress, but he warns her not to sin again. [Susanne Wegmann, in Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015, No. 3/40](translation, cda 2016)
Exhibitions:
Prague 2005, no. 22
Wittenberg 2015, no. 3/40
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 2015372-3733/40
Exhib. Cat. Brussels 2010228-229
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005100, 101 (English version 39, 40)22Pl. p. 101
Chamonikola 2005 B28 (English version 12)
Kotkova 2005 B43 (English version 19)
Andersson 198150-53
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974514-516
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.10.2015
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Younger - Zámek Nelahozeves (Nelahozeves Castle) - Christ and the Adulteress - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION
    - An underdrawing is not readily visible. Isolated delicate fine lines executed with a stylus can be identified and may indicate the presence of an economical underdrawing.
    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2017]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner