Cranach - The Golden Age
The Golden Age
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
06.12.2021 - 12:29
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberNO_NMO_NG-M-00519
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FR (1978) No.FR262
The Golden Age[Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010, No. 4]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010, No. 4] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 262]
about 1530[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 262]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
RepositoryNasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
Dimensions of support: 75 x 103.5 cm

[Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010, No. 4]
Painting on wood
[Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010, No. 4]
Signature / Date:
The panel shows the Garden of Paradise in which naked figures of both sexes while away the time. On the left a group dance around an apple tree, in the centre one pair bathes and another rests, while on the right a further pair eats grapes. In additon to the rich vegetation the peaceful coexistence gives the impression of paradise. The garden isolated from the outside world by a wall at the back.

[Görres, cda 2012]
- from the collection of Axel Kulle
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 262]
Rome 2010, No. 4
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010140 - 143No. 4Pl. p. 141, Pl. p. 143 (detail)
Hinz 2010 B48-4943
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007334
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005206 Fn. 18under No. 1
Matsche 199481, 84Fig. A44
Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994346
Hancke 1992281-286
Cat. Oslo 199041, 44
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979262
Schade 1974159-160
Cat. Oslo 196535
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932217
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo - The Golden Age - Infrared Images
  • 8.03 Underdrawing
    An underdrawing is not readily visible. Along some of the contours of the figures fine, faint lines are visible, that suggests a hard, dark drawing implement may have been used for the underdrawing.
    [Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2016]
    • photographed by: Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design, Oslo
    Condition Reports:
    • Date: 29.01.1999
    • Summary:
      - support: oak panel put together of four horizontal boards
      - heavy oak cradle
      - X-rays show an uneven distribution of fibres in the ground. It is unclear whether the fibres were glued to the support before the ground was applied or mixed into the ground mass as an 'Armierung'
      - substantial parts of the ground and paint have flaked off in the sky, where hardly any original paint is left
      - most of the sky is modern restoration
    • written by: Leif Einar Plahter