Cranach - Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony [right wing of the triptych]
Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony [right wing of the triptych]
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Hamburger Kunsthalle
25.02.2020 - 21:10
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_HKH_HK-606c
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_HKH_HK-606c
FR (1978) No.FR338
Title:
Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony [right wing of the triptych][Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606]
The three Electors of Saxony: Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous [right wing of the triptych][Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 338]
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Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 338]
Dating:
after 1532[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606]
about 1535[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 338]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerHamburger Kunsthalle
RepositoryHamburger Kunsthalle
LocationHamburg
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 68.7 x 32.3 cm [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606] [Klein, Report 1992]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
The right wing of the triptych depicts a half-length portrait of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous in front of a landscape, which extends across all three panels. The elector is the only bare-heade sitters, he wears a black fur-trimmed cloak, and has short black hair and a beard. He turns to the left and has a ring on the index finger of his right hand. In contrast to Johann the Steadfast on the central panel Johann Friedrich occupies almost the entire pictorial space. There is a text block in the lower third of the panel, which acts as a balustrade for the elector and is decorated with the electoral-ernestine coat-of-arms. [Görres, cda 2012]
Provenance:
- the collection of Martin Hinrichs Cords, Hamburg
- auction of the Cords Collection, Hamburg (Noodt), 9.1.1815, No.1 (not sold)
- the collection of Martin Hinrichs Cords, Hamburg 1842. the owner is probably a younger relative of the in 1814 deceased Martin Hinrichs Cords.
- 1917 acquired from a private collection in Hamburg with funding from the Oelrich-Legats and the Eduard-Ludewig-Behrens-Testament

[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606]
Exhibitions:
- Hamburg 1842, No. 41
- Hamburg 1937, No. 7
- Hamburg 1973, No. 4
- Hamburg 1983, No. 79
- Torgau 2004, No. 212

[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 606]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Teget-Welz 2018218, 219Fig. 6
Cat. Coburg 2018152under nos. 27, 28
Trümper 201522, 23Fig. 6
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 2015111
Messling 20102319
Cat. Hamburg 2007606
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200586, 87 (English version 35)under no. 16Fig. no. 87
Exhib. Cat. Torgau 2004153212
Bünsche 1998 A61
Exhib. Cat. Magdeburg 1998130under No. 29
Cat. Nuremberg 1997146-148
Schneede, Leppien 199792-93
Bierende 2006330-333
Klein 1994 B215
Schneede, Leppien 1994224p. 32
Klein 1994 A195, 197, 198Tabs. 1, 6
Grimm 199432
Hinz 1994 A49
Hinz 199381-83
Christensen 199246-4715
Cat. Weimar 198849
Exhib. Cat. Nuremberg 1983448under No. 619
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 1983 B238under No. 106
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1983334under No. E 44
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979338
Bertram 197825
Hentzen 196939
Lankheit 195934pl. 16
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932272
Cat. Hamburg 195644-45
Cat. Hamburg 196644-45
Cat. Hamburg 193028-29
Pauli 192510fig. p. 21
Cat. Hamburg 192129-30
Cat. Hamburg 191829-30
Pauli 192035-3621
Jahresbericht Hamburg 19176-8
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.08.2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Hamburger Kunsthalle - Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony [right wing of the triptych] - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry drawing material, dark chalk

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

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

    Deviations:
    - almost no alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - not possible

    Comments:
    - probably transferred from a pre-existing design (facial features)

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 14.05.1992
    • Scientific analysis
    • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
    • Support
    • Identification of wood species: beech wood
      Youngest annual ring: 1529
      • analysed by: Peter Klein