Cranach - Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Burrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberUK_BC_35-671
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FR (1978) No.FR230D
Judith with the Head of Holofernes[Burrell Collection, revised 2015]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Burrell Collection, revised 2015]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBurrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
RepositoryBurrell Collection, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow
Dimensions of support: 76.7 x 55.8 cm Dimensions includung frame: 90 x 78.5 x 6.5 cm [Burrell Collection, revised 2015]
Painting on Wood [Burrell collection, revised 2015]
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Artist's insignia: winged serpent and dated '1530' [Burrell collection, revised 2015]
This painting bears a serpent 'trademark', and is dated 1530. It is attributed to the German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), who used this trademark as a mark of authenticity on work originating in his workshop. The painting is executed in oil on wood panel, and depicts the Jewish heroine, Judith, whose story is told in the Apocrypha section of the Bible. Judith, a grieving widow, put on her best clothes and seduced Holofernes, the officer commanding troops who were violently threatening her fellow citizens. Once Holofernes had succumbed to her advances, she beheaded him with a sword. Judith is depicted here, in all her finery, displaying Holofernes's head in triumph. This is a very fine painting, with exquisite detail, particularly in the background landscape and Judith's elaborate costume, both of which relate to the German location and time when the work was made. Many paintings of female figures, in formats similar to this work, originated from Cranach's family workshop whilst it was in operation, but this is a particularly impressive example. [ navigator/Pages/home.aspx] (accessed 22.05.2013)
- Collection Rudolf Chillingworth sale
- Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, 1922 (5th September 1922, No. 44)
- Henry McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway
- thence by descent
- Christie's, 1994
- purchased 1995
[Burrell collection, revised 2015]
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Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979230D