Cranach - The Golden Age
The Golden Age
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Alte Pinakothek, Munich
13.06.2021 - 13:52
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_BStGS_13175
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FR (1978) No.FR261
The Golden Age[CDA 2010]
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]
about 1530[Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 148, No. 13175] [Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994, No. 167]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerBayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
RepositoryAlte Pinakothek, Munich
Dimensions of support: 73.5 x 105.3 cm [Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]
Painting on wooden panel, transferred to an oak panel [Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]
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Men and women dance peacefully around a fruit tree, which promises a large harvest. They bathe in clear spring water and lie on the grass. There are no worries, neither of old age nor sickness, no false sense of shame, no dispute, only harmony and peaceful co-existence. Man and animals live together in harmony in the sheltered garden - a Golden Age. The depiction is based on ancient sources, which were rediscovered during the renaissance. In correspondance with this model after the golden age there followed a silver, a bronze and an iron age. [see Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011, 118, No. 25]
- 1598 recorded in the Munich art cabinet
- 1851 art dealer Mathes, Würzburg [1]
- the collection of Leopold Peill, Düren [1]
- the collection of Otto Weissenberger, Dresden 1937 [2]
- Karl Haberstock, Berlin 1939 (art market, Berlin) [2]
- a gift to Göring from Friedrich Flick, General director, Dresdener Bank, Berlin, 12.01.1939 [2]
- 1961 acquired from the State

[1] (accessed 27.02.2015)

[2]Göring Collection, DHM-database:

[Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, revised 2010]

See also the entry in the Lost Art-database, Stiftung Deutsches Zentrum für Kulturgutverluste: Lost Art-ID 391049; (accessed 17 Dec. 2019).
Kronach 1994, No. 167
Rome 2010, No. 5
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Bonnet, Görres 201566-6722p. 67
Exhib. Cat. Munich 2011118-119, 148Nos. 25, 13175Fig. p. 119
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010144, 145No. 5Pl. p. 145
Hinz 2010 B4842
Warnke 2010Fig. p. 38
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007334-335104p. 335
Evans 200758
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005206 Fn. 18under No. 1
Matsche 199484, 85Fig. A43
Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994346, 371167
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979122No. 261Fig. 261