Cranach - The ill-matched couple
The ill-matched couple
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
17.06.2019 - 02:44
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberSE_NMS_258
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FR (1978) No.FR290
The ill-matched couple[Nationalmuseum Stockholm, revised 2011]
The Payment[Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1966, 513 - 514, No. 1290]
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Lucas Cranach the Elder [Nationalmuseum Stockholm, revised 2011] [Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1966, 513 - 514, No. 1290] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 127, No. 290]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerNationalmuseum, Stockholm
RepositoryNationalmuseum, Stockholm
Dimensions of support: 108 x 119 cm [Nationalmuseum Stockholm, revised 2011]
Painting on lime wood [Klein, Report 1997] wood [Nationalmuseum Stockholm, revised 2011]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia: winged serpent and dated '1532'
An old man with a white beard and a fur-trimmed cloak, sitting at an opulent table at the left edge of the painting puts some coins in a young lady's right hand. In her left hand she holds a small scales. In the background dead fowl, a gun, a pair of antlers and a clock hang on a dark wall. On the right side an open window shows a view of a mountainous landscape with a town.
- till 1632 Munich, Maximilian II.
[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 127, No. 290]
- picture came to Stockholm as war booty from Munich in 1632
[Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1966, 513 - 514, No. 1290]
Stockholm 1966, No. 1 290
Weimar 1972, No. 51
Stockholm 1988, No. 60
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 198875No. 60Fig. p. 75
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979127290Fig. 290
Schade 1974Figs. 171-173
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1972 BNo. 51
Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1966No. 1290
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932236Fig. 236
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'The painting was clearly revised in the late sixteenth century, some of the objects on the table being added and all those on the wall except the duck. The gun, for instance, is a model from 1560/70, and the clock has been dated to ca. 1580.'
[Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1966, 513 – 514, No. 1290]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 24.10.1997
  • Scientific analysis
  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology
  • Support
  • Identification of wood species: lime wood (Tilia sp.)
    • analysed by: Peter Klein