Cranach - The Judgement of Paris
The Judgement of Paris
Lucas Cranach the Elder
St. Louis Art Museum
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberUS_SLAM_28-1932
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FR (1978) No.FR258
The Judgement of Paris[St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
1530[St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
about 1537[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 258]
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OwnerSt. Louis Art Museum
RepositorySt. Louis Art Museum
LocationSaint Louis
Dimensions of support: 50.8 x 36.4 cm (20 x 14 5/16 in.) [St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
Painting on wood [St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
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Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the panel/cradle: - on verso: in red paint: '28:32' - on verso, on cradling cross bar: in red paint: '28:32' - on verso, on cradling: on paper label, in ink: 'Bt 1054' Reverse of the frame: - on verso, on frame: on paper label, printed: 'Arnold Wiggins & Sons / Limited / Nos. 30-34 Woodfield Place, Harrow Road / London W9 2BJ / Telephone: 071-286 9656 / [on left with Royal coat-of-arms] 'By appointment / to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II / Picture Frame Makers [on right with Royal coat-of-arms ] 'By appointment to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II/ The Queen Mother / Picture Frame Makers' [St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
Five figures stand before a lush growth of bushes. On the right side stand three female figures.The one farthest right stands with her back to the viewer but her head turned to look out. She wears three gold chains around her neck and her hair is bound. She clutches a diaphanous scarf with her left hand. The middle female tilts her head to the left. She wears a choker and a longer gold chain that hangs down between her breasts. Her blond hair falls down to her shoulders and she wears a narrow black band on her head. She crosses both arms before her stomach and the diaphanous veil falls across her left forearm and hands in front of her abdomen and thighs.The third young woman stands facing the viewer with her head turned to the left. She holds the edge of the diaphanous veil against her left thigh and her right hand rests upon a metal orb that is held for her by a bearded old man who wears a fantastic costume of peacock feathers. The young woman wears a red hat over her bound blond tresses and she also wears a choker and one necklace. The veil hangs in front of her lower torso and rests in the crook of her right elbow. At the far right sits a young, bearded man wearing red and gold armor. His helmet rests on a small hillock to his left on which he places his open hand. Behind his head rises a tree with foliage at the top. In front of the foliage flies a small cupid, taking aim with his arrow that is directed toward the young woman wearing the red hat. To the left of the tree is the arched neck and head of a white horse. In the right background is a rocky outcropping, with vegetation and architectural remnants. In the center distance rises a low mountain; to its left can be discerned a tower. [St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
- by 1890 Gotha Landesmuseum, Gotha, Thuringia, Germany [1]

- 1932 Van Diemen Gallery and Newhouse Gallery, New York, NY, USA (owned jointly) [2]

- 1932 Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Newhouse Gallery [3]

[1] Gotha Landesmuseum catalogue of 1890 lists this object, no. 338 ["Gotha Landesmuseum Catalogue." Gotha: Gotha Museum, 1890].

[2] An invoice from the Newhouse Gallery dated March 4, 1932 states that both the Newhouse Gallery and Van Diemen Gallery guarentee the authenticity of the painting. However, the relationship between the two galleries and the reason for the joint ownership is unknown [SLAM document files].

[3] Invoice from the Newhouse Gallery dated April 28, 1932 [SLAM document files]. Minutes from Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, March 3, 1932.

[St. Louis Art Museum, revised 2012]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. St. Louis 2004146
Bailey 200166-67
SLAM 20008
Silver 198237Fig. p. 36
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No. 258
Exhib. Cat. St. Louis 19587, 20No. 1Fig. (b/w)
Cat. St. Louis 195393Fig. (b/w)
Cat. St. Louis 194463Fig. (b/w)
Tietze 1935339pl. 207 (b/w)
Friedländer, Rosenberg 193269210c
Rogers 193230-32cover (b/w)
St Louis 1932coverFig. cover
Cat. Gotha 189075No. 338
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 01.06.2011
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • UV-light photography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - St. Louis Art Museum - The Judgement of Paris - UV Images
    • photographed by: St. Louis Art Museum