Cranach - Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberPR_MAP_60-0143
Persistent Linkhttp://lucascranach.org/PR_MAP_60-0143
FR (1978) No.FR230F
Title:
Judith with the Head of Holofernes[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
Dating:
about 1520 - 1537[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
about 1520[Kuhn, Exhib. Cat. Cambridge Mass 1936, 85]
1527 - 1537[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerMuseo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
RepositoryMuseo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
LocationPonce
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 87 x 82.6 cm (34 1/4 x 32 ' in) [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013] Dimensions of support: 85 x 58 cm [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]
Support:
Wood [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings facing left [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
Description:
Lucas Cranach the Elder shows Judith triumphant after she has decapitated the enemy general that besieged her city with his own sword. The artist effectively contrasts the heroine's calm, steadfast gaze with Holofernes' agonized features. Cranach underscores the dramatic tension pervading the painting by the juxtaposition of the exposed, severed neck with Judith's exquisitely detailed dress and jewelry, as well as by the way her fingers delicately twine through her victim's curly hair. The multiple slits in her sleeves and gloves emphasize the actions of cutting and slicing. [http://www.museoarteponce.org/coleccion_gal/encuentros-con-europa/2/44/1/1/] (accessed 24.04.2013)
Provenance:
- New York, Satinover Galleries
- Minneapolis (Minnesota), Collection John Russel Vanderlip
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]

- purchased from Frederic A. Stern, Inc. NY in May 11, 1960

[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]
Exhibitions:
- Minneapolis 1929, No. 34 (Lent by Mr. Vanderlip)
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Auct. Cat. New York 2005176-177
Auct. Cat. London 200344, 45Nos. 44, 45
Roethlisberger et al. 2002164No. 71
Auct. Cat. New York 1999 A130No. 114 [?]
Auct. Cat. New York 1999 B98-99No. 76
Auct. Cat. London 199822No. 15
Borobia et al. 199341-42
Cat. Cambridge Mass. 1990424
Exhib. Cat. London 1989Pl. 28
Cat. Ponce 198478-79
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. 230F
Cat. Ponce 196545
Held 1961316Fig. 26
Kuhn 19363685
MIA 1935114, 118
Kuhn 1933/1934105Fig. 21
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932190f