The Virgin and Child with Saint Barbara and Saint Catherine of Alexandria

The Virgin and Child with Saint Barbara and Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Title

The Virgin and Child with Saint Barbara and Saint Catherine of Alexandria

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Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Lobkowicz collection, revised 2020]

The Virgin is seated at the centre of the composition, wearing a red robe and a blue mantle, holding the naked infant Christ and is flanked either side by a female saint. Her long wavy hair is worn loose and falls over her shoulder. The group is positioned in front

The Virgin is seated at the centre of the composition, wearing a red robe and a blue mantle, holding the naked infant Christ and is flanked either side by a female saint. Her long wavy hair is worn loose and falls over her shoulder. The group is positioned in front of a landscape with a castle perched on a hill at the left and a tree marking the central axis. A tower occupies the space on the right-hand side, and as a common attribute of St Barbara it may be inferred that the saint is represented here. A further attribute that of the wheel is visible beneath the robe of the saint reading on the left, and is usually associated with St Catherine. Unusually St Barbara appears to be holding the ring, which is a symbol of St Catherine’s affiliation to Christ and her mystical marriage.

[cda 2020]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Production date
about 1520

Production date

about 1520

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Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 88 x 61 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 88 x 61 cm

  • Dimensions including frame: 104 x 73.7 x 5.8 cm

  • [Lobkowicz collection, revised 2020]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia on the wheel in the foreground: serpent with elevated wings, facing left

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia on the wheel in the foreground: serpent with elevated wings, facing left

Owner
Lobkowiczké sbírky (Lobkowicz Collections)
Repository
Lobkowiczký palác na Pražském hrade (Lobkowicz palace, Prague Castle)
Location
Prague
CDA ID
CZ_LP_LR11558
FR (1978) Nr.
FR086B
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/CZ_LP_LR11558/

Provenance

  • acquired by Ferdinand August, 3rd Prince Lobkowicz (1655–1715)
  • before 1948 owned by the Lobkowicz family, the Roudnice branch, Roudnice nad Labem
  • after 1948 confiscated by the Czechoslovakian state and held at the National Gallery in Prague (Národní galerie v Praze)
  • in 1992 restitution to the Lobkowicz family
  • Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
  • Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle, Lobkowicz collection
    [Lobkowicz collection, revised 2020]

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Stockholm 1988 026 Fig. 5, p. 46
Author / EditorNationalmuseum, Stockholm
TitleCranach och den tyska renässancen
Place of PublicationStockholm
Year of Publication1988
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 086B
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg, G. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 45 079 (under)
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1932
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/friedlaender1932
  • The Virgin and Child with Saint Barbara and Saint Catherine of Alexandria, about 1520

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