Cranach - Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Grunewald hunting lodge
25.05.2020 - 16:10
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_SPSG_GKI50476
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FR (1978) No.FR-none
Martin Luther[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
about 1530[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
RepositoryGrunewald hunting lodge
Dimensions of support: 38.2 x 24.8 cm [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
Painting on lime wood (Tilia sp.) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia over his right shoulder: serpent (with elevated wings)
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
At the upper edge: 'IN SILENCIO ET SPE ERIT FORTITVDO VESTRA' (In quiet trust in me you will be strong [Is. 30, 15]) [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
The painting depicts Luther in a relatively confined pictorial space and with an intense gaze, which fixes the viewer. He wears a black beret and gown, which is offset by the light background. [see Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]
Berlin 2009/10, Cat.-No. IV.6
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A210No. IV.6Fig. IV.6
Most, Wolf et al. 200988, 90Figs. 1, 4
Warnke 1985
Eckardt 197527
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
‚This type of portrait depicting Luther in a beret and gown was employed frequently between 1528 and 1532. The enormous influence it had is evident in the fact that the black gown became the prototype for a protestant minister’s attire. This portrait type was frequently part of a diptych, complemented on the right by a portrait of Katharina of Bora.’
[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 210, IV.6]