Cranach - Allegory of Innocence
Allegory of Innocence
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SKK_0125
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Allegory of Innocence[Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 95]
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder[Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 95]
about 1600 or later[cda 2011]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
RepositoryStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Dimensions of support: 49 x 36.5 x 1.2 cm [Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 95]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 95]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia on the wall (not original): winged serpent and date '1534'
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - top left: red wax seal, probably the Baden-Saxon-Lauenburg allied coat-of-arms - centre: in black paint: '368' - bottom left: white label with a black boarder: 'Staatl. Kunsthalle Karlsruhe [1] CRANACH-Nachfolge "Allegorie der Unschuld" [2] Inv. Nr. [1] 125 [2] Eingetragen Geprüft [1]' - bottom right: yellow label with a black boarder: 'Badisches Kunsthalle Karlsruhe [1] Fot. [3] Inv. Nr. [1] 125 Cranach (Werkstatt) Allegorie der Unschuld [3] Geprüft 1937 [last figure handwritten]' [1] printed [2] typewritten [3] handwritten [Görres, cda 2012]
A young nude woman sits on a grey stone block with only a white cloth covering her lap. Her left foot rests on a smaller stone block and she has positioned her right one in front of this. She looks out at the viewer and her hands rest on the lamb lying beside her on the stone. Behind the stone is a demon, who turns towards her. Above her head with its long flowing hair are two angels holding a laurel wreath. The pictorial space is closed behind her by a wall with a column on a pedestal. Behind the wall the blue sky and some vegetation are visible. [Görres, cda 2012]
- from the collection of the Margrave of Baden-Baden
- in the 18th century in the castle of Rastatt (Inventory from 1772, fol. 199 r: "Gemähld mit Figuren Allegorie auf den Schuz der Unschuld, auf Holz" (painting with allegorical figures the protection of innocence, on wood)
[Kircher 1955, 222][1]

[1][Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 95]
Bremen 2009
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Karlsruhe 196695
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.07.2011
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe - Allegory of Innocence - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • - an underdrawing is not visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 2011
    • Technical Examination
    • Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe - Allegory of Innocence - Reverse
    • Support
    • - 2 vertically aligned planks
      - reverse original, marks from a block-plane

      [Heydenreich, cda 2011]