Cranach - The Adoration of the Infant Christ, Epitaph for the Mayor Benedikt Krull and his Family
The Adoration of the Infant Christ, Epitaph for the Mayor Benedikt Krull and his Family
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Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri - St. Marien, Berlin
02.06.2020 - 13:58
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_EKGStPStM_2
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_EKGStPStM_2
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
The Adoration of the Infant Christ, Epitaph for the Mayor Benedikt Krull and his Family[Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7]
Attribution:
Unknown[Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7] 'former member of the Cranach Workshop' [Heydenreich, cda 2017]
Dating:
1526[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerEvangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri - St. Marien, Berlin
RepositoryEvangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri - St. Marien, Berlin
LocationBerlin
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 132 x 102 cm [Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7] Dimensions of visible painted surface: 127 x 95.8 cm Dimensions including frame: 149.3 x 118.5 cm [Heydenreich, cda 2017]
Support:
Painting on wood [Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7] Soft wood [Heydenreich, cda 2017]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
'HER ERBARM DICH VNNSER VND BENEDIE VNNS, 1526' [Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7]
Description:
The panel depicts a scene showing the Virgin and Joseph in adoration of the infant Christ in a ruinous classical architectural setting. The infant lies in a crib surrounded by golden rays and angels. The Virgin kneels before her child with her arms crossed. Her distant gaze represents the 'inner vision' of events from the history of salvation. In the background a landscape with the annunciation of the shepherds is visible through the partly collapsed back wall of the stable. Separated from the biblical illustration by a wall the donor family kneels in the foreground. Benedikt Krull is larger and he has more individual features than the rest of the family. The blessing comes directly out of his mouth, and the dating corresponds with the year of his death. [Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7]
Provenance:
- formerly in the Nikolaikirche, Berlin.
In accordance with Georg Gottfried Küster's written documentation from the end of the 18th century, stating that the painting depicted 'Chancellor and family who were buried here in the church' the painting was considered to be an epitaph for Chancellor Wolfgang Kettwig. This was corrected by Albrecht Hoffmann, who on the basis of the coat of arms identified it as an epitaph for the mayor of Berlin Benedikt Krull (d. 1526).
[Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7]
Exhibitions:
Berlin 2009, No. VIII.7
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Hoffmann 2009239
Cat. Berlin 1975 B41
Leh 195738
Borrmann 1893229
Küster 1737239
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
[The panel] clearly illustrates the impact of the [Cranach workshop] in Berlin where various different workshops seemed to have been inspired by the example of the saxon court painter even before the refurbishment of the cathedral began.
[Maria Dieters, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 267, 268, No. VIII.7]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.03.2016
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Unknown - Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri - St. Marien, Berlin - The Adoration of the Infant Christ, Epitaph for the Mayor Benedikt Krull and his Family - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION
    - an underdrawing is not readily visible
    [Sandner, Heydenreich, Smith-Contini, cda 2017]
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • Date:
    • Technical Examination
    • Support
    • - Soft wood
      - planks in vertical direction
      [Heydenreich, cda 2017]