Cranach - Cupid as Honey Thief
Cupid as Honey Thief
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
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Cupid as Honey Thief[Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder[Heydenreich, cda 2011]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
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about 1600 or later[Heydenreich, cda, 2011]
1531[Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
RepositoryStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
Dimensions of support: 76.5 x 28 x 0.8-2 cm (fragment) [Heydenreich, cda 2011]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia, centre left: winged serpent and dated '1531' above [not authentic] [Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - centre, left: remains of a red wax seal, probably the Baden-Saxon-Lauenburg allied coat-of-arms - below: yellow label with a black boarder: 'Badisches Kunsthalle Karlsruhe [1] Fot. [2] Inv. Nr. [1] 811 Cranach-W. [2] Geprüft 1936 [last figure handwritten] Amor als Honigdieb [2]' - beside the above, on the right: white label with a black boarder: 'Staatl. Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Standort: [1] 15 [2] [crossed out] Wand 3' [1] printed [2] handwritten [Görres, cda 2012]
The fragment shows a full-length figure of Cupid as a winged, nude child. His head is bent back slightly and he has raised his right hand to his forehead in an attempt to ward off the bees, that swarm around him. He still holds the honeycomb in his right hand. Cupid stands on a narrow strip of ground and the tree from which he has taken the honeycomb is visible behind him. [Görres, cda 2012]
- from the collection of the Margrave of Baden, in the 18th century in the castle of Rastatt (Inventory from 1772, fol. 219: "1 Stück von einem Gemähld auf Holz, worauf der Cupido von dene Immen gestochen. Nr. 25." (a piece of a painting on wood, showing Cupid stung by bees. No. 25))
[Kircher 1949, 531], [Kircher 1955, 244] [1]
- the same composition is recorded in the inventory of the Margrave of Hofes from Basel, 1736 and 1773 (No. 598): "Eine Nackendte Venus in Lebensgröße, stehend, mit einem rothen Hüthlein bedeckt, wobey ein Cupido, der von denen Bienen gestochen wird. Von Lucas Cranich..." (a nude figure of Venus, life-size, standing, covered with a red hat, beside her Cupid stung by bees. By Lucas Cranich...
- transferred from the collectionof the Archduke in 1890

[1][Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]

[Cat. Karlsruhe 1966, 91]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Moraht-Fromm 201032-3412
Hinz 1994 B174
Cat. Karlsruhe 196691
Kircher 1955244
Kircher 1949531
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.07.2011
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe - Cupid as Honey Thief - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • - an underdrawing is not readily visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 2011
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe - Cupid as Honey Thief - Detail Images
    • Paint Layers and Gilding
    • - the paint application of the flesh paint , which is executed over a grey underpaint corresponds with the technique employed in the workshop of Cranach the Elder (see also infrared reflectogram)
      [Heydenreich, cda 2011]