Cranach - Johann II of Anhalt
Johann II of Anhalt
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House)
28.02.2017 - 06:21
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SA-KsDW_M17-2006
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_SA-KsDW_M17-2006
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Johann II of Anhalt[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz; http://museum-digital.de/san/index.php?t=objekt&oges=202; accessed 25 March 2015]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz; http://museum-digital.de/san/index.php?t=objekt&oges=202; accessed 25 March 2015]
Dating:
1532[Remains of a dating]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBundesland Sachsen-Anhalt
RepositoryKulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House)
LocationWörlitz
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 52 x 36.4 x 0.5 cm [cda 2015]
Support:
Beech wood [cda 2015]
Signature / Date:
- at the top centre, right: barely legible date '[15]32' as well as further numbers beneath '[...]8'. This probably refers to the age of the sitter who would have been 28 in 1532. [cda 2015]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- beneath the date: remnants of a double-digit number: '[...]8' This probably refers to the age of the sitter who would have been 28 in 1532. [cda 2015]
Description:
Prince Johann is shown as a bust portrait close to the picture plane and facing right. His face, framed by a beard and dark brown hair, is shown in three-quarter profile. At the top left edge there are remnants of the date (1532) and the sitter's age ([?]8). He is wearing a particularly costly black coat. The collar and parts of the coat are decorated with golden brocade-like material, which Cranach hs executed employing a metallic glaze singular amongst his oeuvre. Beneath the coat the sitter wears a white shirt with a high collar decorated with golden embroidery and a neckband with pearls. There is a signet ring bearing the Anhalt coat-of-arms on his index finger and he wears a pearl necklace across his chest. [Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz; http://museum-digital.de/san/index.php?t=objekt&oges=202; accessed 25 March 2015]
Provenance:
- on permanent loan from the Land Sachsen-Anhalt to the Gotische Haus Wörlitz

[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz; http://museum-digital.de/san/index.php?t=objekt&oges=202; accessed 25 March 2015]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz 2015136-137
Melzer 2015 B153, 1549
Rode 1818
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.03.2015
  • Technical Examination
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House) - Johann II of Anhalt - Reverse
  • Support
  • - the support consists of two beech wood planks aligned horizontally
    - the panel is 0.5 cm thick
    - a batten c. 1.5 cm in width was attached to the bottom edge
    - the bare wood is exposed on the reverse and tow has been applied along the join
    [Heydenreich, cda 2015]
    • examined by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • Date: 01.03.2015
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Infrared reflectography
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House) - Johann II of Anhalt - Infrared Images
    • Underdrawing
    • DESCRIPTION

      - an underdrawing is not readily visible; possibly transferred from a pre-existing design?

      [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2015]
      • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
      • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
      • Date: 2006
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • UV-light photography
      • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House) - Johann II of Anhalt - UV Images
        • photographed by: Heinz Fräßdorf