Cranach - Philipp Melanchthon
Philipp Melanchthon
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Schloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig
01.10.2020 - 03:55
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SHLM_NONE-004
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_SHLM_NONE-004
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Philipp Melanchthon[Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Dating:
1543[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerPrivate Collection
RepositorySchloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig
LocationSchleswig
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 20.7 x 15.4 x 0.3 cm [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia centre, right: serpent (with dropped wings) and date '1543'
Description:
Bust portrait of Philipp Melanchthons with a pointed beard in three-quarter profile, facing to his right, wearing a beret with his hands clasped together.
Provenance:
- since 1992 or 1993 on loan to the museum from a private collection
[Schloss Gottorf, revised 2013]
Exhibitions:
- Schleswig 1997, No. 175
- Bremen 2009, No. 11
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Florence 201766under no. 2
Fleischhauer 200570f.Fig. 3
Cat. Schleswig 1997293-294144p. 126
Exhib. Cat. Schleswig 1997544175
Drees 199467
Westrum 1979170, 172
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.08.2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Schloss Gottorf, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Schleswig - Philipp Melanchthon - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry drawing material, dark chalk

    Type/Ductus:
    - freehand underdrawing
    - delicate, fine lines; occasionally thin lines (in the hands)

    Function:
    - relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the facial features; no representation of volume

    Deviations:
    - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - Lucas Cranach the Younger?

    Comments:
    - presumably with reference to a preparatory drawing or pre-existing design

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