Cranach - Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, left]: St Magdalene [recto]; Virgin of the Annunciation [verso]
Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, left]: St Magdalene [recto]; Virgin of the Annunciation [verso]
Master of the Mass of St Gregory
Evangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_MKH_NONE-MKH001d
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FR (1978) No.FRSup006A
Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, left]: St Magdalene [recto]; Virgin of the Annunciation [verso][cda 2015]
Master of the Mass of St Gregory [Emmendörffer 1998, 218][Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. Sup6A]
Simon Franck [Tacke 1992, 47-56]
Hans Cranach [Flechsig 1900 A, 281]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerEvangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
RepositoryEvangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
Dimensions of painted surface: 264 (approx.) x 100.9 cm Dimensions including frame: 284.4 x 114.4 cm [Heydenreich, cda 2015]
Painting on wood [cda 2015]
Signature / Date:
No insignia, dated at the right beside the Virgin: '1529'
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Recto: - In the halo: 'S MARIA MAGDALENA' Verso: - In the halo: 'SANCTA MARIA' - On a page of the book in front of the Virgin, cropped: 'MAGNIFICAT' [cda 2015]
Recto: The saint is shown as a full-length figure positioned under an arch with renaissance ornamentation. This architectural element is repeated on all the panels open at this stage. She is turned to the centre and is wearing an elaborate dress of green velvet with brocade decoration. She holds a jar of ointment in her hand. Her head is framed by a transparent halo. Verso: The panel is part of an annunciation scene that extends over the two central panels when the altarpiece is closed. The Virgin kneels on a prayer stool with an open book. One of the pages shows part of the first word of the Virgin's hymn ('MAGNIFICAT'). Her body is oriented to the left, whereas she turns her head to the right from where - in addition to the angel on the other panel - the Holy Ghost approaches. [Görres, cda 2015]
- Dresden 1899, No. 102
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 201697
Tacke 201586
Kramer 2012
Heydenreich 2007 B39-40
Tacke 2007 C81, 82, 84
Exhib. Cat. Halle 2006307
Exhib. Cat. Prague 200566, 116 (English version 29, 44, 45)under nos. 8, 30
Emmendörffer 1998218
Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 1998232No. 23.3Figs. 23.3, 23.3a
Tacke 199247-5619-23
Flechsig 1900 A131
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 1994
  • Technical Examination
  • Ground and Imprimatura
  • Recto: Mary Magdalene
    - white ground varies in thickness, up to c. 1mm thick
  • Framing
  • - the frame with an inserted gilded profile is not original, but possibly 19th century
    • examined by: Gunnar Heydenreich