Cranach - Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, right]: St Catherine [recto]; Angel of the Annunciation [verso]
Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, right]: St Catherine [recto]; Angel of the Annunciation [verso]
Master of the Mass of St Gregory
Evangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_MKH_NONE-MKH001e
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FR (1978) No.FRSup006A
Altarpiece of the Virgin [outer movable wing, right]: St Catherine [recto]; Angel 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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1529[dated on second movable wing on the left]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerEvangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
RepositoryEvangelische Marktkirchengemeinde Halle
Dimensions of painted surface: 270.5 x 100.8/101 cm (recto/verso) Dimensions including frame: 285 x 114/144.2 cm (recto/verso) [Heydenreich, cda 2015]
Painting on wood [cda 2015]
Signature / Date:
None [cda 2015]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Recto, in the halo: 'SANCTA CATHARINA' Verso, in the halo: 'SANCTUS GABRIEL' On the sheet of paper: 'AVE GRATIA PLENA DOMI NVS TECVM' [Görres, 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 wears an elaborate red dress with brocade edging. She holds the wheel of martyrdom and a sword in her hands. 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 curly-headed angel enters the Virgin's chamber from the right and raises his finger in blessing. The first Latin words of greeting are written on a sheet in his left hand. This is visible upside-down for the viewer. The long textile bands of a curtain and the Virgin's robe visible on the left panel of the annunciation scene extend over this panel and link both panels to a unit. [Görres, cda 2015]
- Dresden 1899, No. 102
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
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
Tacke 199247-5619-23
Flechsig 1900 A131
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 1994
  • Technical Examination
  • Framing
  • The frame with an inserted gilded profile is not original, but possibly 19th century
    • examined by: Gunnar Heydenreich