Cranach - Diana and Actaeon
Diana and Actaeon
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Fränkische Galerie, Kronach
23.03.2019 - 20:24
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_FGK_L2012-268
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_FGK_L2012-268
FR (1978) No.FR410
Title:
Diana and Actaeon[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
Attribution:
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98]
Lucas Cranach the Younger '...Typen weisen schon auf L. Cranach d.J.' [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
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Dating:
about 1540[Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerPrivate Collection
RepositoryFränkische Galerie, Kronach
LocationKronach
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 49.8 x 75 cm [Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98] Differing measures at Friedländer: 50 x 73 cm [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
Support:
Painting on wood [Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia lower right edge: serpent with dropped wings
Description:
No mortal may set eyes on the naked body of the Goddess of Hunting, who is anxious to preserve her chastity. When by chance the hunter Actaeon surprises the Goddess and her companions while bathing he is immediately transformed into a stag and is subsequently torn apart by his own dogs. [Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98] (Translation, cda 2016)
Provenance:
- formerly Wadsworth Artheneum, Hartford, Conn., The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection, Inv.-No. 1942.629
[Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98]
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 153, No. 410]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979153No. 410Fig. 410
Ruhmer 196385Pl. 32
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
Among the mythological works from the Cranach workshop episodes from Ovid's Metamorphosis are comparatively rare and were first illustrated at a very late stage; [...] The surviving works often exhibit workshop quality; in the present work the size of the heads of some of the women is particularly striking. In contrast the rich und carefully executed landscape corresponds with the usual standard from the Cranach workshop.
[Cat. Kronach 2014, 258-259, No. 98] (Translation, cda 2016)
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.10.2015
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder - Fränkische Galerie, Kronach - Diana and Actaeon - Infrared ImagesWorkshop Lucas Cranach the Elder - Fränkische Galerie, Kronach - Diana and Actaeon - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Material:
    - fluid, dark medium, brush

    Type/Ductus:
    - relatively economic and in part copied underdrawing
    - thin to somewhat broader lines
    Function:
    - relatively binding for the final painted version; the lines delineate the main contours, define forms therein and indicate facial features; no representation of volume with hatching strokes

    Deviations:
    - small corrections were made to forms during the painting process


    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (?)

    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2017]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date:
    • Technical Examination
    • Support
    • - wood
      - painting transfered to a new support, cradled