Cranach - Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
12.12.2018 - 01:51
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberHU_SMB_132
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/HU_SMB_132
FR (1978) No.FR232
Title:
Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist[Cat. Budapest 2003, 31]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Budapest 2003, 31]
Dating:
about 1530[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 116, No. 232]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerSzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
RepositorySzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
LocationBudapest
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 88.4 (l.) / 87.8 (r.) x 58.1 (t) / 58.3 (b.) x 1.1 cm [cda 2014]
Support:
Painting on Poplar wood [Cat. Budapest 2003, 31]
Signature / Date:
None
Description:
Salome is depicted as a half-length figure, holding the head of St John in her hands. She wears a sumptuous dress decorated on the bib and along the hem with gold brocade. The sleeves are made less monotonous with decorative slits and the white undergarment puffs out at the elbows. In addition she wears a beret decorated with ostrich feathers over a bonnet embroidered with pearls on her head and plenty of jewellery: a double chain, a linked chain and a neckband. A mountainous background is visible through the window. [Herrschaft, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- 1871 collection Esterházy
[Cat. Budapest 2003, 31]
Exhibitions:
Berlin 1983, No. E 15
Rome 2010, No. 30
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Budapest 201377
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010228 - 230No. 30Pl. p. 229
Cat. Budapest 200331
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1983303No. E15
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979117No. 232Fig. 232
Exhib. Cat. Vienna 197224No. 12
Cat. Budapest 1967162
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932191Fig. 191
Schuchardt 1851 C144444
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared Reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • DESCRIPTION

    Tools/Materials:
    - dry, black drawing material, chalk

    Type/Ductus:
    - schematic freehand underdrawing
    - delicate, fine lines

    Function:
    - roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the facial features; no representation of volume

    Deviations:
    - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

    INTERPRETATION

    Attribution:
    - Lucas Cranach the Elder


    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 01.06.2014
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • UV-light photography
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist - UV Images
      • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
      • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
      • Date:
      • Technical Examination
      • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist - Reverse
      • Support
      • - the wooden support has been thinned
        - on the reverse there are remains of a rebate on all four sides: along the top edge 1 cm in width, along the other sides 0.5 cm in width
        - moveable cross-members
        - woodworm damage (not active)
        [Heydenreich, cda 2014]