Cranach - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon
Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon
Hans Cranach
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
27.05.2020 - 05:24
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_UEK-smbGG_Dep27
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_UEK-smbGG_Dep27
FR (1978) No.FR314-315C
Title:
Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon[CDA 2010]
Attribution:
Hans Cranach Hans Cranach (?) [Heydenreich 2015, 123]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
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Dating:
1532[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerUnion Evangelischer Kirchen (UEK)
RepositoryStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
LocationBerlin
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 19.8 x 14.2 cm Dimensions of the painted surface: 19.3 x 13.6 cm [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Support:
Painting on lime wood [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Signature / Date:
Above the sitter's proper right shoulder: dated '1532'
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - top and bottom: broad strip of paper with a handwritten Latin text [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Description:
A half-length portrait of Philipp Melanchthon depicted against a blue backround facing to the left with his arms folded. On the reverse of the panel strips of paper bearing a Latin text are attached to both the top and the bottom. A laurel wreath with a red coat-of-arms in the centre was painted in the middle of the panel on a dark ground. The coat-of-arms depicts a golden snake wound around the cross. [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 2015122-124Figs. 5a, 6
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979131No. 315C
Lilienfein 194259
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932252
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 09.09.2019
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • X-radiography
  • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - X-Radiographs
      • Date: 2010
      • Technical Examination
      • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - ReverseHans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - Reverse
      • Ground and Imprimatura
      • - the reverse of the panel has a green ground application
        • written by: Christine Unsinn
        • Date: 1983
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • Infrared photography
        • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - Infrared ImagesHans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - Infrared Images
        • DESCRIPTION (based on an IR photograph)
          - An underdrawing is not readily visible
          [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2017]
          • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
          • Date: 01.11.1982
          • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
          • UV-light photography
          • Hans Cranach - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon - UV Images
            • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin