Cranach - Diptych with the Portraits of Elector Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous of Saxony (1503 - 1554) and his wife Sibylle von Cleve: Johann Friedrich
Diptych with the Portraits of Elector Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous of Saxony (1503 - 1554) and his wife Sibylle von Cleve: Johann Friedrich
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lindenau-Museum Altenburg
23.11.2017 - 01:00
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_LMA_356
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_LMA_356
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Diptych with the Portraits of Elector Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous of Saxony (1503 - 1554) and his wife Sibylle von Cleve: Johann Friedrich[cda, 2015]
Attribution:
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Lindenau Museum Altenburg, revised 2015]
Dating:
about 1533 - 1535[Lindenau Museum Altenburg, revised 2015]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerLindenau-Museum Altenburg
RepositoryLindenau-Museum Altenburg
LocationAltenburg
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 20.8 x 14.5 x 0.3 cm Dimensions including frame: 28.1 cm x 44.8 cm x 3.2 cm [Lindenau Museum Altenburg, revised 2015]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Lindenau Museum Altenburg, revised 2015]
Signature / Date:
None [cda 2015]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - lower half: in white paint: 'St. L. M. [/] 356' - at the centre: circular stamp [cda, 2015]
Description:
A half-length portrait depicting the elector in half profile, facing to the right against a light blue background. His hands are folded and rest on his lap. [cda 2015]
Provenance:
- transferred before 1950 from Altenburg castle
[Lindenau Museum Altenburg, revised 2015]
Exhibitions:
Altenburg 2014, p. 289
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Altenburg 2014289
Material / Technique:
  • Date:
  • Technical Examination
  • Support
  • - single wooden plank
    - wide bevel on the reverse
    - black coating (later ?)
  • Ground and Imprimatura
  • - incised lines in the ground c. 0.5 -1 cm from the the edge of the panel
    [cda, 2015]
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 25.07.2014
      • The panel depicting Elector Johann Friedrich is also stable and slightly warped. Here the appearance is also compromised by a yellowed varnish. In the light background the varnish is streaky and its application varies in thickness, abrasion with damage to the original paint layers is also apparent. There are also retouchings and overpainted areas, particularly along the unpainted edges of the panel. The flesh paint is more or less intact and only exhibits a few small losses. In particular there are large losses in the background next to the right ear. The elector's robe is relatively intact. There only appear to be losses on the right hand and the fur-trimming.
      • The yellowed varnish and old retouchings were removed with a solvent mixture of ethanol and acetone. The retouchings along the edge of the panel were less affected. These had to be removed mechanically under the microscope. After the varnish and retouchings had been removed the extent of the damage was revealed with numerous small losses and abrasion of the very thin paint layers. Particularly in the blue background where the paint layers were in part so thin that the light ground shows through. [...] The edges of the panel are not painted beyond the incised lines. The paint application ends in this area, leaving the ground exposed. After the varnish and retouchings were removed the losses where the wood was exposed were filled. The the abraded areas and the fills were retouched with gouache paint. Then a new natural-resin varnish was applied. Isolated abraded areas were adjusted employing glazes with Gamblin Conservation Colors. Small losses and scratches on the frame were retouched with gouache paint. Abrasion on the gold profile was reintegrated with gold power bound in wax. The panel was fixed in its frame employing steel pins, which were separated from the reverse of the panel by an acid-free board. see also pdf
      • conservation treatment by: Johannes Schaefer