Cranach - The Virgin and Child
The Virgin and Child
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
23.05.2019 - 03:02
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberNO_NMO_NG-M-00173
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The Virgin and Child[Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304]
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304] [Hofbauer 2011, 53]
about 1516 - 1518[Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
RepositoryNasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
Dimensions of support: 40.5 x 28 cm [Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304]
Painting on wood [Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304]
Signature / Date:
The young Virgin is shown as a half-length figure. She hold the naked infant Christ, who offers her an apple. The eyes of the mother and child meet. In an expansive landscape behind soldiers and horsemen move towards a castle, which is positioned on a rocky outcrop in the top right corner. [Görres, cda 2012]
- acquired in 1846 from the collection of J. C. Dahls
[Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304]
Oslo 1998, 304
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Hofbauer 201153
Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998304
Cat. Oslo 1973
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
With reference to Østby 1973 Haverkamp, Exhib. Cat. Oslo 1998, 304 draws attention to the fact that a depiction of the Virgin (dated '1518') from the Glogau Cathedral (FR88), which has been missing since the Second World War, served as the model for the panel in Oslo.
[Görres, cda 2012]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 25.04.2016
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder - Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo - The Virgin and Child - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
    - fluid, black medium, brush

    - economic, freehand underdrawing
    - thin lines

    - loosely binding for the final painted version; the lines delineate the man contours, describe essential details within forms and define facial features; no representation of volume

    - minor adjustments were made to the forms during the painting process


    - Workshop, Lucas Cranach the Elder
    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2016]
    • photographed by: Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
    Condition Reports:
    • Date: 2003
    • - original size - the reverse of the panel has been smoothened, lime not beech wood, oak wood cradle - two horizontally aligned planks, the lower one exhibits numerous knots and woodworm channels - areas of the blue sky have a grey underpaint - small pentimento in the right hand of the Virgin - the white material employed to fill the knot-holes in the lower half of the panel is visible in the x-radiograph - fibres can also be identified there
    • written by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • Date: 29.01.1999
    • Summary - support is some unidentified hardwood - heavy oak cradle - the grain is running in horizontal direction - no visible joints in the panel, neither on the panel itself nor in the x-radiograph, which might mean that the support consists of one single board or that the joints are obscured by the cradle - the x-radiograph indicates some limited use of fibers in or underneath the ground
    • written by: Leif Einar Plahter