Cranach - The Fountain of Youth
The Fountain of Youth
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
20.10.2017 - 08:57
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_smbGG_593
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DE_smbGG_593
FR (1978) No.FR407
Title:
The Fountain of Youth[CDA 2010]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Lucas Cranach the Younger [Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 420, No. 287] [Hartlaub, 1958] [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937, 47, No. 129]
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Dating:
1546 [dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
RepositoryStaatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie
LocationBerlin
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 120.6 x 186.1 cm Dimensions including frame: 148.5 x 211.5 cm [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Support:
Lime wood [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom centre: winged serpent with dropped wings and dated '1546'.
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel: - centre: handwritten in white chalk: '539.' - right of the centre: handwritten in white chalk: '593' - below the centre, far right: black stamp:'I. 659' and seal of the Royal castles. - bottom, right: label: 'Staatliche Museen Berlin - Gemäldegalerie/ Katalog-Nr. 593/ Lucas Cranach d. Ä./ Der Jungbrunnen' [Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Description:
The scene is set in a rocky landscape. A pool with a fountain and a statue of Venus and Cupid occupies the middle foreground. Old women are carried to the water from to left side of the image and a miracle enables them to emerge on the other side visibly younger. They are adorned in a tent and amuse themselves on a meadow with flowers, dancing and dining in the company of knights. [Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Unsinn 2010]
Provenance:
- acquired from the Royal Castles' Collection (Königliche Schlösser)

[Gemäldegalerie, revised 2010]
Exhibitions:
Berlin 1937, 47, No. 129
Weimar, Wittenberg 1953, No. 96
Berlin 1973, No. 15
Basel 1974, 420
Berlin, Brandenburg 2009, 73-79
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Hoppe-Harnoncourt 2015155, Fn. 4, 5
Waterman 2015286, Fn. 39
Warnke 200972-79Figs. 1, 2, 7
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A73-79
Heydenreich 2007 A180, 402
Cat. Berlin 199892f.
Franke, Schade-Thole 1998197ff.
Cat. Berlin 199634Fig. 66
Grimm 199436
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979152No. 407Fig. 407
Rapp 1976
Exhib. Cat. Basel 197426. 419, 633,Fig. 234
Schade 1974Plates 182, 183
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1973No. 15
Ruhmer 1963Plates 46-47
Hartlaub 1958
Lüdecke 1953 B74Fig. 88
Lilienfein 194286Plate 23, Fig. 133
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 193747129
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932327
Flechsig 1900 A13
Sachs 1893321-323
Schuchardt 1851 C18-1923
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.02.2010
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • - an underdrawing is not readily visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 01.12.1977
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • UV-light photography
      • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
      • Date: 01.11.1977
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Infrared photography
        • photographed by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin
        • Date:
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • X-radiography
        • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - X-RadiographsLucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - X-RadiographsLucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - X-RadiographsLucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - X-RadiographsLucas Cranach the Elder - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie - The Fountain of Youth - X-Radiographs
          • created by: Fotowerkstatt, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin