Cranach - Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Hans Cranach
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_UEK-smbGG_Dep26
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_UEK-smbGG_Dep26
FR (1978) No.FR314-315C
Title:
Martin Luther[CDA 2010]
Attribution:
Hans Cranach Hans Cranach (?) [Heydenreich 2015, 123]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
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Dating:
1532[pendant dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerUnion Evangelischer Kirchen (UEK)
RepositoryStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
LocationBerlin
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 19.8 x 14.2 cm Dimension of the painted surface: 19.3 x 13.6 cm [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Support:
Painting on lime wood [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Signature / Date:
None
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - top and bottom: broad strip of paper with both printed and handwritten texts [see: Melanchthon (Dep.27 Fv Leihgabe der UEK)]. The paper is coated with a brown glaze making the text illegible. [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Description:
A half-length portrait of Martin Luther facing to the right and depicted against a blue background. He holds a book in his hands. On the reverse there are strips of paper with both written and printed texts, that have been covered with a brown glaze (see: Melanchthon (Dep.27 Fv Leihgabe der UEK). In the centre there is a large circle containing a five petalled flower with a heart shaped centre (the so-called Luther rose). The circle is painted. [Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Unsinn 2010]
Provenance:
- originally from the Church of St Elizabeth, Breslau
- 08.03.1983 given on permanent loan to the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

[Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Heydenreich 2015123Fig. 6
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979131under No. 314-15C
Lilienfein 194259
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932252
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2010
  • Technical Examination
  • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - ReverseHans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - Reverse
  • Ground and Imprimatura
  • Reverse:
    - green ground
    • written by: Christine Unsinn
    • Date: 1983
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Infrared photography
    • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - ReverseHans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - Infrared Images
      • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
      • Date: 04.11.1982
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • UV-light photography
      • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - UV Images
        • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
        • Date:
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • X-radiography
        • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Martin Luther - X-Radiographs