Cranach - The Fall of Man
The Fall of Man
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Schloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SHLM_1967-529
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FR (1978) No.FR198B
The Fall of Man[cda 2013]
Adam and Eve[cda 2013]
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Lucas Cranach the Elder [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBundesrepublik Deutschland
RepositorySchloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig
Dimensions of support: 86 x 58.5 x 0.9 cm [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Painting on beech wood [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia on the stone: serpent (with elevated wings) and date '1527'
Adam and Eve stand close together under the heavily laiden tree of knowledge with the serpent. Eve gives Adam the apple. Around them are a stag, a deer, a lion, two partridges and a hare. The background is filled with shrubbery. This is an early version of a subject frequently depicted by Cranach. [Dittmeyer, Schloss Gottorf 2013]
- in the collection of Rudolph Chillingworth [1]
- 05.09.1922 sold from the Chillingworth Collection by Fischer, Lucerne, and Muller, Amsterdam, for 10.000 (Franks?)(Lot 43) [1]
- 1932 private collection, Breslau[1]
- 05.01.1942 sold by the Galerie Neupert, Zürich, for sfrs. 39.600 to the Galerie Fischer, Lucerne [1]
- 06.07.1943 sold from there for sfrs. 37.500 to Hermann Göring, accessioned with the number RM 1157 [1]
- whereabouts after 1945: property of the Federal Republic of Germany[2]
- since 19? on permanent loan to the museum[3]

[2]Kunstsammlung Göring: DHM Datenbank:
[3][Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]

For further discussion see 'Description/Interpretation'
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Florence 201790under no. 14
Cat. Schleswig 1997274No. 91Fig. p. 73
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979198B
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932166B
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 06.10.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • X-radiography
  • Equipment: ERESCO 42 MF 4 from the company GE.
    Scanner: CRxFlex.
    Parameters: 50 KV, 8mA, 20 seconds
    Distance from object: 3m
    [HfBK Dresden, Prof. I. Mohrmann, K. Risse, 06.10.2014]
    • created by: K. Risse
    • created by: I. Mohrmann
    • created by: HfBK Dresden
    • Date: 01.08.2012
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Infrared reflectography
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Schloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig - The Fall of Man - Infrared Images
    • Underdrawing

      - fluid, black medium and brush; possibly in combination with a dry drawing material, dark chalk

      - freehand underdrawing
      - thin lines, in part delicate, fine lines

      - only roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe essential details; no representation of volume

      - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form; changes (e.g. the position of the feet and right arm of Eve)


      - Lucas Cranach the Elder? Workshop?

      [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]
      • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
      • photographed by: Ingo Sandner