Cranach - Man of Sorrows flanked by the Virgin and St John
Man of Sorrows flanked by the Virgin and St John
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Hamburger Kunsthalle
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CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_HKH_HK-708
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FR (1978) No.FR384
Man of Sorrows flanked by the Virgin and St John[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708] [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 384]
Lucas Cranach the Elder 'One cannot rule out the possibility of workshop participation, among others by Cranach the Younger.' [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 618]
Lucas Cranach the Younger [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 384]
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about 1540[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 384]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerHamburger Kunsthalle
RepositoryHamburger Kunsthalle
Dimensions of support: 56.5 x 76.5 cm [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708] Dimensions of support: 56.4 x 76.7 x 0.5-0.6 cm [Heydenreich, cda 2012]
Painting on lime wood [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with dropped wings
'Christ as the Man of Sorrows with wounds and wearing a crown of thorns sits against a neutral background on a balustade. Behind him stand the Virgin in mourning and St John in a red robe.' [G. Walczak, Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708]
- the collection of Baron von Schenck, Burg Flechtlingen near Magdeburg (before 1932)
- the collection of Hugo Oelze, Amsterdam 1942/43; acquired from there in 1943

[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708]
Hamburg 1983, No. 99

[Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708]
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Hamburg 2007708
Zinke 198626, Fn. 15
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979384
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932309B
Cat. Hamburg 195643
Cat. Hamburg 196645
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 08. 2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Hamburger Kunsthalle - Man of Sorrows flanked by the Virgin and St John - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing

    - fluid, black medium and brush

    - freehand underdrawing?
    - thin lines

    - relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe essential details; no representation of volume

    - minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form


    - not possible, workshop?

    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    Condition Reports:
    • Date: 2007
    • - horizontal split in the upper half of the panel [Cat. Hamburg 2007, No. 708]
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 1950
      • - no information available
      • conservation treatment by: Unknown