Cranach - An ill-matched Pair
An ill-matched Pair
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg
01.10.2020 - 03:37
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_KSVC_M010
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_KSVC_M010
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
An ill-matched Pair[CDA 2010]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder '... or Lucas Cranach the Younger' [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198][Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]
Copy after Lucas Cranach the ElderLucas Cranach the Elder (Copy after ?) [Heydenreich, cda 2010]
Lucas Cranach the Younger '... or Lucas Cranach the Younger' [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198] Lucas Cranach the Younger? [Brinkmann, Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, 312]
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Dating:
about 1540[Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]
after 1548[Heydenreich, CDA, 2010]
about 1540 - 1545[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerKunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg
RepositoryKunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Coburg
LocationCoburg
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 90 x 60 x 1.2 cm [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198] Dimensions including frame: 109 x 79.3 x 9.7 cm [Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010] Dimensions of support: 90 x 60 cm [Maedebach, Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972, No. 14]
Support:
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198] [Klein report, 03.03.2016] [Maedebach, Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972, No. 14]
Signature / Date:
none
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Original Inscriptions:
none
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse: adhesive label HKA [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
Description:
Seated at a table an almost toothless old woman caresses the beard of a young man, while giving him a moneybag. A pretty young woman sits at the other end of the table and offers him a glass. The subject of 'The Ill-matched Pair' urging viewers to control their desires was very popular in the 16th century. [Herrschaft, cda 2015]
Provenance:
- Gotha, Art Cabinet, Friedenstein Castle, Picture Gallery (Kunstkammer Schloss Friedenstein, Gemäldegalerie)
- 1856 Ducal Art and Antiquities Collection, Coburg (Herzogliche Kunst- und Altertümersammlung der Veste Coburg (HKA))
- 1919 Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (KVC)
[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
Exhibitions:
Coburg 1972, no. 14
Frankfurt, London 2007-2008, 312-313
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 201839, 198-20144Pl. p. 199
Weschenfelder 2018 A14, 18
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007312-31395p. 313
Cat. Coburg 200434f.
Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972No. 14
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
During conservation treatment [1850] Heinrich Krüppel recorded a monogram, which has since disappeared without a trace.[1]
[1] A monogrammist BP with an anchor or BVP can neither be found in Nagler [Monogrammisten, Band I] nor Thieme/Becker [Band 37, Meister mit Notnamen und Monogrammisten, 1950]. However it cannot be excluded that Heinrich Krüppel erroneously assigned the monogram to the wrong painting when compiling the inventory. bei der Erstellung seines Verzeichnisses geirrt und das Monogramm dem falschen Bild zugeordnet hat.
[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2018
  • Technical Examination
  • Support
  • - lime wood; two planks, vertically aligned and butt-joined. Plank II: 29.5 cm; plank II: 30.5 cm; the panel exhibits marks from a toothed plane. The distance between the teeth is c. 3 cm.
  • Ground and Imprimatura
  • - chalk ground
    [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
      • Date: 03.03.2016
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species
      • Support
      • Identification of wood species: lime wood (Tilia sp.).

        [Klein report, 03.03.2016]
        • examined by: Peter Klein
        • Date: 01.01.2008
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • Infrared reflectography
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        • Underdrawing
        • DESCRIPTION

          Tools/Materials:
          - fluid, black medium; brush

          Type/Ductus:
          - detailed underdrawing
          - thin lines
          - occasional hatching-strokes

          Function:
          - binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and indicate the essential features; occasional representation of volume with hatching-strokes

          Deviations:
          - almost no alterations made during the painting process; minor corrections (e.g. the finger of the old woman; the young woman’s nose wing)


          INTERPRETATION

          Attribution:
          - copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder ?

          Comments:
          - reproduction, design transferred?

          [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich cda 2014]
            Condition Reports:
            • Date: 2018
            • Support: - at the top and bottom, c. 10 cm from each edge, grooved pine wood battens were inserted into the panel. The battens were planed flush with the panel at a later stage. This treatment damaged the panel in one place. Past woodworm damage is also visible, open worm channels and exit holes are located for the greater part at the edges of the panel. This has damaged these areas and caused losses. The reverse was stained or toned reddish brown. Paint layers: - various tiny point retouches, particularly in the areas along the edge of the panel damaged by woodworm. Varnish: - repeated application of a glossy resin varnish [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
              History of Restoration:
              • Date: 1999
              • Conservation treatment (Rothenburg o. T.) [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
              • conservation treatment by: Jürgen Holstein
              • Date: 1966
              • Conservation treatment (Sontheim) [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
              • conservation treatment by: Richard Harzenetter
              • Date: 1850
              • Restoration [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
              • conservation treatment by: Heinrich Krüppel