Cranach - Portrait of Martin Luther
Portrait of Martin Luther
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_LmKKO_15-572
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_LmKKO_15-572
FR (1978) No.FR312D
Title:
Portrait of Martin Luther[Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Attribution:
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Dating:
about 1530[Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerLandesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg
RepositoryLandesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg
LocationOldenburg
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 52 x 36.5 [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at top right: winged serpent [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
above the sitter's head: 'M.L.' Below: 'IN SILENTIO ET SPE ERIT FORTITUDO VESTRA' [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Description:
Half-length portrait of Martin Luther - shown from the front [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Provenance:
- probably from the collection of Daniel Stenglin, Hamburg
- first recorded in the museum in 1845
[Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Deuter 201158Fig. p. 59
Klein 1994 A200Tab. 10
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. 312D
Cat. Oldenburg 196749Fig.
Friedländer, Rosenberg 193274251g
Cat. Oldenburg 1912Plate 76 (Bd. 2)
Cat. Oldenburg 1845No. 52
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'The age of the sitter suggests a creation date of about 1530 [...] the painting is more competently drawn and exhibits a more delicate and individual rendering of the sitter than the numerous small format portraits of Luther, that left the workshop in their dozens; however this painting does not rank among the really good, autographed portraits that Cranach painted of his friends.'
[Bode 1888, 80]
[Cat. Oldenburg 1967, 49]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 14.05.1992
  • Scientific analysis
  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
  • Support
  • Identification of wood species: beech wood
    Youngest annual ring: 1523
    [Klein Report, 14.05.1992]
    • examined by: Peter Klein
    History of Restoration:
    • Date: 1936
    • 1936 conservation treatment by Lily Lange, Bremen [Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, revised 2014]
    • conservation treatment by: Lily Lange