Cranach - Sts Barbara and Agnes
Sts Barbara and Agnes
Anonymous Master from the Cranach Workshop
Stiftspfarrei St. Peter und Alexander, Aschaffenburg
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_BStGS_13223
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FR (1978) No.FRSup003
Sts Barbara and Agnes[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 143]
Anonymous Master from the Cranach Workshop [Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2012]
Master of the Pflock Altarpiece [Exhib. Cat. Aschaffenburg 2007, 388] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. Sup. 3]
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about 1520 - 1530[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 143]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
RepositoryStiftspfarrei St. Peter und Alexander, Aschaffenburg
Dimensions of support: 220.3 x 76 cm [Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 143]
Painting on softwood [Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 143]
Both saints are depicted as full-length figures against a blue background. Barbara is wearing a green velvet dress and holds a chalice with a white cloth, that is wrapped around her waist like an apron. The chalice as well as the tower behind her are her attributes. St Agnes has a red dress on and wears like Barbara a neckband as well as a large linked chain. In her hands she holds the Lamb or Agnes Dei, from which she gets her name. Each saint's head is encircled by a halo, which like the stars in the background is gilded with gold leaf. [Görres, cda 2016]
- 1935 purchased from the collection of Freiherrn von Miltitz, possibly originally from the collegial church, Halle[1]
- Paul Graupe, Berlin 1935 (art market, Germany)[2]
- Johannes Hinrichsen, Berlin, März 1938 (art market, Germany)[2]
- Göring Collection; bought from the art dealer Hinrichsen, Berlin (March 1938) for RM 18.000.-- ( Akt.Gör. Pre-war Coll. ) [3]
- whereabouts after 1945: Bavaria, Bay. Staatsgemäldesammlungen: 13224 [2]
- 1961 transferred from State property [4]

[1][Exhib. Cat. Aschaffenburg 2007, 388]
[2]Kunstsammlung Göring: DHM Datenbank:
[3] (accessed 29.01.2015)
[4][Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 143]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011143
Von zur Mühlen 2004No. 24
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. Sup 3
Cat. Aschaffenburg 197559-60
Gurlitt 1923473-474
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Anonymous Master from the Cranach Workshop - Stiftspfarrei St. Peter und Alexander, Aschaffenburg - Sts Barbara and Agnes - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing

    - fluid, black medium and brushes of varying widths

    - detailed and freehand underdrawing
    - thin to broad lines

    - relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the essential details and the facial features; minimum representation of volume

    - minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form; small changes (e.g. eyes of St Barbara


    - Simon Franck?

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner