Cranach - The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man
The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
02.03.2021 - 11:33
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberHU_SMB_137
Persistent Linkhttps://lucascranach.org/HU_SMB_137
FR (1978) No.FR154
Title:
The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man[Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]
The Ill-Matched Lovers[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 154]
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Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder [Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]
Dating:
about 1520 - 1522[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 101, No. 154]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerSzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
RepositorySzépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
LocationBudapest
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 31 x 0.5 cm [cda 2014]
Support:
Painting on beech wood [Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia at the top right: serpent; in yellow paint
Description:
A young man is depicted standing behind a balustrade with his arm resting on the shoulder of a toothless old woman, who smiles at him and puts some coins in his hand. [Herrschaft, cda 2014]
Provenance:
- 1659 in the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels
- Viennese Court Collection
- 1770 Pozsony Palace, Bratislava
- 1848 transferred by the Court chamber Committee (Buda, Budapest) to the Hungarian National Museum
[Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]
Exhibitions:
Berlin 1983, No. C 51
Rome 2010, No. 32
Düsseldorf 2017, No. 147
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018201, fn. 8under no. 44
Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017247No. 147
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010234 - 236No. 32Pl. p. 236
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007310-31193p. 311
Cat. Budapest 200330-31
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1983216No. C51
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979101No. 154Fig. 154
Stewart 1978144-145No. 14
Cat. Budapest 1967163-164
Posse 194259
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932131Fig. 131
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 06. 2014
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • UV-light photography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man - UV Images
    • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
    • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
    • Date: 06. 2014
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Infrared Reflectography
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man - Infrared Images
    • Underdrawing
    • DESCRIPTION

      Tools/Materials:
      - fluid, black medium and brush; the initial design may have been roughly fixed (e. g. the hands) employing a dry material (chalk)?

      Type/Ductus:
      - freehand underdrawing
      - thin to broader lines

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

      Deviations:
      - alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

      INTERPRETATION

      Attribution:
      - not possible

      [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]
      • photographed by: Gunnar Heydenreich
      • photographed by: Ingo Sandner
      • Date:
      • Technical Examination
      • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest - The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man - Reverse
      • Support
      • - beech wood panel made from a single plank
        - oak wood additions on either side, each 5 cm in width: the addition is 2.5 cm wide and overlaps the reverse by 2.5 cm
        [Herrschaft, cda 2014]
          Condition Reports:
          • Date: 2014
          • - Craquelée particularly in the flesh paint and the lighter areas of the painting; these are primarily in the direction of the grain - the edges exhibit overpaint on all four sides (executed when the additions were attached)
          • examined by: Jana Herrschaft