Cranach - Venus in a Landscape
Venus in a Landscape
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Musée du Louvre, Paris
27.05.2020 - 09:40
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberF_MdLP_1180
Persistent Link
FR (1978) No.FR242
Venus in a Landscape[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 119, No. 242]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [; 08.07.2014] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 119, No. 242]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerMusée du Louvre, Paris
RepositoryMusée du Louvre, Paris
Dimensions of support: 38 x 25 cm [; 08.07.2014]
Painting on beech wood [Report Peter Klein, 1997]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia lower right edge: serpent (with elevated wings) and date '1529'
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Venus is depicted standing on stony ground, with her hair loose and her legs crossed. She looks directly at the viewer, wearing only a hat and a string of pearls, while holding a transparent veil to cover her vulva. The forest behind opens out on the left to reveal a mountainous landscape with a lake and a town.
- Brunswick (?)
[; 08.07.2014]
- 1806 acquired by the Musée Napoléon, now the Musée du Louvre, Paris
[; 08.07.2014]
Bordeaux 1964
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 201836, 142under no. 2
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979
Lilienfein 194276
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932200
Glaser 1923232
Schuchardt 187118173
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 1997
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
  • Support
  • - a single beech wood plank; the youngest annual ring is from 1522
    [Klein Report, 1997]
    • examined by: Peter Klein
    • Date:
    • Technical Examination
    • Framing
    • - in 2002 a rosewood frame (Dutch, 17th century) was acquired for the painting
      [Dokumente des Musée du Louvre, revised 2013]
        History of Restoration:
        • Date: 1951
        • - treatment of the paint layers, varnish thinned, overpaint removed, new varnish application [Paris, C2RMF, numéro de référence: F15181]
        • conservation treatment by: Michel Pierre