Cranach - Madonna and Child with Grapes
Madonna and Child with Grapes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Painting:
CDA ID / Inventory NumberUS_MIA_68-41-4
Persistent Linkhttps://lucascranach.org/US_MIA_68-41-4
FR (1978) No.FR-none
Title:
Madonna and Child with Grapes[Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Attribution:
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Dating:
about 1537[Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Owner / Repository / Location:
OwnerMinneapolis Institute of Arts
RepositoryMinneapolis Institute of Arts
LocationMinneapolis
Dimensions:
Dimensions of support: 57.15 x 34.61 cm (22 1/2 x 13 5/8 in.) [Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Support:
Painting on wood [Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Signature / Date:
Artist's insignia below the Virgin's proper right arm: 'LL' [Monogram] winged serpent (with elevated wings)
Inscriptions, Marks, Labels, Seals:
Reverse of the Cradle: no information [24002-23] [Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Description:
The painting shows the Virgin seated as a half-length figure, facing left in front of a black backdrop. She is wearing a green dress with white puffed sleeves and a red coat with gold trimming. The naked infant Christ stands on her lap and has picked a grape from the bunch held by the Virgin. Both look out at the viewer. [Görres, cda 2016]
Provenance:
- possibly Henry Reinhardt and Sons, Inc., New York, New York)[1]
- by 1925 Herschel V. Jones [d. 1928], Minneapolis
- Lydia Wilcox Jones, Minneapolis, by inheritance from 1928 through at least 1936
[2]
- Tessie Jones [d. 1967], Newburgh, New York, and Balmville, New York, by descent, through 1968
- bequest to MIA in 1968 (Bequest of Miss Tessie Jones in memory of Herschel V. Jones)

[1] An photograph of the painting can be found in the curatorial files, from Peter A. Juley and Sons [photographers of fine art since 1896], 219 E. 39th Street, New York, with authentication on the reverse in German by Max J. Friedländer dated "Berlin, November 1925" sent by Henry Reinhardt and Sons on November 20, 1925 with an accompanying letter addressed to Herschel V. Jones regarding "your Cranach."

[2] Lydia Wilcox Jones was the widow of Herschel V. Jones. His collection passed to her upon his death, and she is recorded as owning the work in 1936. The work then passed to their daughter, Tessie Jones.


[Minneapolis Institute of Arts, revised 2012]
Exhibitions:
Minneapolis, Minnesota 1968-1969, No. VI
Sources / Publications:
Reference on PageCatalogue NumberFigure/Plate
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979No 388A
Exhib. Cat. Minneapolis 1968No. VIPl. 6
Interpretation / History / Discussion:
Could possibly be FR388A (Lucerne, fine Art Co. (1927), last recorded in New York, Gallery Reinhardt).
The description by Friedländer and Rosenberg fits, but the dimensions are smaller unless inches and centimetres were confused. If this is the case then the size is also the same.
[CDA 2012]
Material / Technique:
  • Date: 2012
  • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
  • Infrared reflectography
  • Lucas Cranach the Elder - Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Madonna and Child with Grapes - Infrared ImagesLucas Cranach the Elder - Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Madonna and Child with Grapes - Infrared Images
  • Underdrawing
  • - an underdrawing is not readily visible
    [Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2013]
    • photographed by: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
    • Date: 2005
    • Technical examination / Scientific analysis
    • Support
    • 'The panel is executed on a piece of thinned hardwood, possibly poplar, the grain of which runs in a vertical direction. It appears that the panel consists of two planks. The join is visible at 4.5” from the right edge.’
    • Ground and Imprimatura
    • ‘The panel is primed with an evenly, smoothly applied ground layer, white in color.’
    • Paint Layers and Gilding
    • ‘The design layer is characteristic of an oil bound medium of a thinned, rich paste consistency. Only very slight areas of texture are visible in the paint film.’
      [Madonna and Child with Grapes 2005 Condition.pdf]
      • written by: Upper Midwest Conservation Association, Minneapolis
      Condition Reports:
      • Date: 2005
      • [Madonna and Child with Grapes 2005 Condition.pdf]
      • written by: Upper Midwest Conservation Association, Minneapolis
      History of Restoration:
      • Date: 09.01.2006
      • [Madonna and Child with Grapers 2006 Treatment.pdf]
      • conservation treatment by: Upper Midwest Conservation Association, Minneapolis