Cranach - The Beheading of John the Baptist
The Beheading of John the Baptist
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder
Angermuseum, Erfurt
17.06.2019 - 02:41
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_AME_01
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_AME_01
FR (1978) No.FR073A
Title:
The Beheading of John the Baptist[Angermuseum, revised 2012]
Attribution:
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder'Elias Hau[...]f[...]' [Angermuseum, revised 2012]
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder'Nachfolger Lucas Cranach der Ältere' [Cat. Erfurt 1924, 30, No. 141]
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Dating:
about 1600[Angermuseum, revised 2012]
about 1550 - 1575[Cat. Erfurt 1924, 30, No. 141]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerAngermuseum, Erfurt
RepositoryAngermuseum, Erfurt
LocationErfurt
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 84 x 60 cm (clear dimensions within frame) [cda 2012] 87 x 62 cm [Cat. Erfurt 1924, 30, No. 141] Dimensions including frame: 105.5 x 79.5 x 7.4 cm [cda 2012]
Support:
Painting on copper [Angermuseum, revised 2012] [Cat. Erfurt 1924, 30, No. 141]
Signature / Date:
- on the halberd: 'ELIAS HAU[...]F[?] PINXIT. 1619[?]'; in yellow paint [cda 2012]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- bottom left a coat-of-arms and the inscription: 'W.P.D.P.P.A.P.O.A.B'
Description:
A halberdier stands at the left in the foreground and looks out at the viewer. Directly behind him the corpse of St John the Baptist lies on the ground. He has already been decapitated by the henchman positioned at the centre of the composition, who places the severed head on Salome's silver plate. She is shown standing at the right edge of the painting. There is a coat-of-arms in the bottom left corner. [cda 2016]
Provenance:
- Wilczek Collection
[Cat. Erfurt 1924, 30, No. 141]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016176, 177
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200552, 118 (English version 24, 45)under nos. 4, 31
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. 73A
Cat. Erfurt 192430No. 141
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.04.2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder - Angermuseum, Erfurt - The Beheading of John the Baptist - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry drawing material?

    Type/Ductus:
    - copied lines
    - delicate, fine lines (traced?)

    Function:
    - binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe essential details; no representation of volume

    Deviations:
    - hardly any alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form; changes (e.g. an additional castle in the background)

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible

    Comments:
    - after a pre-existing design by Lucas Cranach the Elder (copy)

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner