Cranach - The Irmisch Altarpiece [left wing]
The Irmisch Altarpiece [left wing]
Antonius Heusler
St. Annenkirche, Annaberg-Buchholz
22.09.2019 - 04:10
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SAKA_SAKA003b
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_SAKA_SAKA003b
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
The Irmisch Altarpiece [left wing][cda 2015]
Attribution:
Antonius Heusler [Sandner 1993, 243]
Dating:
1537[Central panel dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerEv.-Luth. Kirchgemeinde Annaberg-Buchholz
RepositorySt. Annenkirche, Annaberg-Buchholz
LocationAnnaberg-Buchholz
Dimensions:
Dimensions of painted surface: 131 x 42.3 cm Dimensions including frame: 148 x 52.5 cm [Heydenreich, cda 2015]
Support:
Painting on wood [cda 2015]
Signature / Date:
central panel with artist's insignia and date
Description:
The central panel of the altarpiece depicts a crucifixion scene in a composition with many figures. The donor family is represented on the wing panels, witnessing the scene.
Provenance:
Evidently the family of Melchior Irmisch commissioned Antonius Heusler to create the altarpiece.
[Sandner 1993, 243]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016156, 157
Sandner 1993243Fig. p. 239
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 20.05.2015
  • Technical Examination
  • Framing
  • - the frame is original
    [Heydenreich, cda 2015]
      • Date: 01.03.2015
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Infrared reflectography
      • Antonius Heusler - St. Annenkirche, Annaberg-Buchholz - The Irmisch Altarpiece [left wing] - Infrared Images
      • Underdrawing
      • DESCRIPTION

        Tools/Material:
        - fluid black medium, brush

        Type/Ductus:
        - relatively detailed freehand underdrawing
        - thin to broader lines, details frequently defined with short and fine lines; isolated hatching-strokes

        Function:
        - relatively binding for the final painted version depite the sketchy appearance; lines delineate the main contours and define essential details and facial features; isolated representation of volume with hatching-strokes

        Deviations:
        - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define forms; some changes


        INTERPRETATION

        Attribution:
        - Antonius Heusler

        [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2015]
        • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
        • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich