Cranach - Christ Blessing the Children
Christ Blessing the Children
Master H.B. with a griffin's head
Bischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz
17.06.2019 - 03:08
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_BDDM_M00524
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Christ Blessing the Children[Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
Master H.B. with a griffin's head [cda 2015]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
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155[.][fragmentary dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz
RepositoryBischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz
Dimensions of support: 122,5 x 106 cm (trimmed on left and right edge) [Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
Painting on wood [Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at the top right: head of a griffin and date '155[.]' [Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- at the top edge: 'Lasset die Kindlin zu mir komen . und weret in nicht . Denn solcher ist das Reich Gottes . Matei x.' [Görres, cda 2015]
In the centre of a crowded composition Christ is depicted in the act of blessing, while holding a child on his arm. Women in luxurious renaissance attire bring him more children [...]. On the panel, which has been trimmed on both sides, a male head is visible at the top right. He represents the apostles, who observe the scene critically. The subject, which was rarely depicted before the 16th century, occupied a central role in reformation iconography. [Cat. Mainz 2008, No. 74]
- Mainz 2015/2016
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Mainz 200874
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2015
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Master H.B. with a griffin's head - Bischöfliches Dom- und Diözesanmuseum Mainz - Christ Blessing the Children - Infrared Images

    - fluid, black medium, brush

    - detailed and freehand underdrawing
    - thin to somewhat broader lines

    - only roughly binding for the final painted version; lines define the main contours and describe essential details and facial features; hatching-strokes were only used for the child in the foreground

    - numerous minor corrections were made to forms during the painting process; small changes


    - not possible
    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2016]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner