Cranach - Katharina von Bora
Katharina von Bora
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kunstsammlungen Boettcherstraße, Bremen
06.12.2021 - 13:23
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberDE_KBSB_B60
Persistent Linkhttps://lucascranach.org/DE_KBSB_B60
FR (1978) No.FR312-313C
Title:
Katharina von Bora[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
[Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, No. 60]
Dating:
1529[pendant dated]
after 1525[Dr. Peter Klein 1992, report of dendrochronology, museums records]
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Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerFreie Hansestadt Bremen, Stadtgemeinde
RepositoryKunstsammlungen Boettcherstraße, Bremen
LocationBremen
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 24.2 x 0.55 cm
Dimensions with frame: 57 x 43.5 x 5 cm

[Petra Klier, Hamburg, inventory list from 27.09.1992, documentation file]
[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Support:
Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.)
[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
[Klein, Report 1992]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia centre left on pendant: winged serpent with elevated wings and the date '1529'.
[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
- top edge:
'K. VON BORA
SALVABITV[M] PER FILIORUM GENERACIONEM'
[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Description:
Bust portrait of Katharina von Bora, facing left, against a blue-green background. Katharina wears a black and white dress with a collar under a black fur-trimmed throw, her hair is parted and covered with a bonnet at the back of her head.
[Görres, cda 2013]
Provenance:
Identical to the double portrait from the collection of Professor D. Dr. Nik. Müller in Berlin
[Exhib. Cat. Dresden 1899, 41-42, No. 43]

- acquired by Ludwig Roselius in September 1928 from Arthur Hauth, Düsseldorf, through the art dealer Johannes Hinrichsen, Berlin (invoice from 19.9.1928)
- 1988 acquired by the borough (Stadtgemeinde) of Bremen

[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Exhibitions:
- Dresden 1899, No. 43
- Bremen 2009, No. 6/7
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 201836, 142under no. 2
Exhib. Cat. Bremen 20097
Cat. Bremen 200369-7516
Freybe 1999p. 111
Exhib. Cat. Wittenberg 1999359
Klein 1994 A199Tab. 8
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979312-313C
Müller Hofstede 1969
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932251B
Winkler, Plambeck 193023
Flechsig 1900 A261-262, 306
Exhib. Cat. Dresden 189941-4243
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
'In the documentation file there is an evaluation by Max J. Friedländers from 30 September 1925: 'This Cranach portrait of Luther together with the pendant, the portrait of Mrs Luther exhibit original signatures, are dated 1529 and are characteristic works by the master.

[Exhib. Cat. Bremen 2009, No. 6/7]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2018 - 2021
  • 8.01 Support
  • See German Version
      • Date: 14.05.1992
      • Scientific analysis
      • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species
      • 8.01 Support
      • Identification of wood species: beech wood

        Youngest annual ring: 1524

        [Klein Report, 14.05.1992]
        • analysed by: Peter Klein
        • Date: 1981 - 1992
        • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
        • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species
        • 8.01 Support
        • - a single beech wood panel

          128 annual rings, the most recent ring is from 1524. Taking a minimal seasoning period of two years into consideration the painting could not have been created before 1526.

          The panel came from the same tree as the panel used for Cranach's Portrait of Martin Luther (Kunstsammlungen Böttcherstraße, Inv. B59, DE_KBSB_B59_FR312-313C).



          Furthermore wood from the same tree was used for the following panels: 'Cardinal Albrecht as St Jerome', Gemäldegalerie Berlin, DE_smbGG_589_FR184; 'Apollo and Diana', Gemäldegalerie Berlin, DE_smbGG_564_FR271 and 'The Judgement of Paris', Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, DE_SKK_0109_FR255





          [Dr. Peter Klein 1981, Report, 3.11.1981; Dr. Peter Klein 1992, Report, Documentation file]
        • 8.05 Framing
        • old red tortoise-shell frame, glazed
          [Museum im Roselius-Haus, revised 2013]
            Condition Reports:
            • Date: 04.02.2013 - 2013
            • - the panel is slightly warped

              [Museum im Roselius-Haus, revised 2013]
              History of Restoration:
              • Date: 2006
              • - 2006: Atelier Hoffmann, Bremen: conservation treatment on the frame

                [Museum im Roselius-Haus, revised 2013]
              • conservation treatment by: Atelier Hoffmann
              • Date: 1980
              • - 1980: Renate Kant, Hamburg: conservation treatment


                [Museum im Roselius-Haus, revised 2013]
              • conservation treatment by: Renate Kant