Cranach - Portrait of Martin Luther
Portrait of Martin Luther
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
21.08.2019 - 13:50
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDK_SMK_KMSsp720
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/DK_SMK_KMSsp720
FR (1978) No.FR314A
Title:
Portrait of Martin Luther[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Dating:
1532[dated]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerStatens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
RepositoryStatens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
LocationCopenhagen
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 37.0 x 23.5 cm Dimensions including frame: 52.5 x 23.5 cm [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Support:
Painting on wood [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at the left edge, centre: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1532'; in black paint [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Description:
Portrait of Martin Luther. He is wearing a black coat and a hat and he is painted on a blue/greyish background. [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Provenance:
- 1674: The Royal Art Chamber
[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
Exhibitions:
Copenhagen 2002
Hamburg 2003, No. 44
Rosenborg 2010
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Wadum 2015193, 194Fig. 1
Poulsen 2015 A68, 69Fig. 3
Exhib. Cat. Copenhagen 2010
Poulsen 2007 AFig. p. 210
Poulsen 2007 B28Fig.
Tacke 2007 D210Fig. 3; Fig. p. 210
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 200356, 17544Pl. 44
Exhib. Cat. Copenhagen 200259-60, 69No. 41Fig. p. 60
Gundestrup 199118 (Vol. 1)No. 642/27-28 (Vol. 1)Fig. p. 19 (Vol. 1)
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. 314A
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932252i
Hertz 1924364
Madsen [n. d.]33f.Fig.
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 19.08.2013
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen - Portrait of Martin Luther - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    - an underdrawing is not readily visible

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
    • Date: 19.08.2013
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • X-radiography
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen - Portrait of Martin Luther - X-RadiographsLucas Cranach the Elder - Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen - Portrait of Martin Luther - X-Radiographs
      • created by: Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
      • Date: 2013
      • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
      • Support
      • The wooden support has a thickness of 6 mm.
        The back of the panel are slightly bevelled at all four sides and there are horizontal marks from a plane.
        The wooden panel curves outward in the vertical direction.
        There are vertical cracks visible in the surface of the painting.
        The painting has lots of holes from inactive wood worm attacks.
        The back of the panel has been impregnated with wax.
      • Paint Layers and Gilding
      • The painting is painted with oil paint and has natural ageing cracks all over the surface.

        There has been applied a new varnish on top of an old one. Some scratches in the underlying old varnish are visible through the new varnish.
      • Framing
      • The frame is a black painted wooden frame and partly gilded.
        The frame has open joints in the corners, lots of scratches, small paint losses and old retouches.
        The frame has lots of holes from woodworm. The attack is inactive.
        Unknown whether the frame is the original.
        [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]
          Condition Reports:
          • Date: 04.02.2010
            • examined by: Henrietta Havsteen-Mikkelsen
            • Date: 05.12.2008
              • examined by: Henriette Heyn Olesen
              • Date: 25.03.2003
                • examined by: Henrik Bjerre
                • Date: 1969
                    • Date: 01.01.1966
                      • examined by: Ole Alkærsig
                      History of Restoration:
                      • Date: 01.06.2010
                      • - treatment of frame
                      • conservation treatment by: Anne Haack Christensen
                      • Date: 01.03.2002
                        • conservation treatment by: L. B.
                        • Date: