Ill-Matched Lovers

Ill-Matched Lovers

Title

Ill-Matched Lovers

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

The painting depicts a bald-headed old man on the right and a young woman on the left, cheek to cheek, as knee-length figures against a black background. He embraces her around the waist and shoulder, while she strokes his cheek with her left hand and - unnoticed by him- grasps

The painting depicts a bald-headed old man on the right and a young woman on the left, cheek to cheek, as knee-length figures against a black background. He embraces her around the waist and shoulder, while she strokes his cheek with her left hand and - unnoticed by him- grasps into the purse on his belt with her right hand. She looks directly at the viewer making him complicit in this act.

[Görres, cda 2014]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 14]
[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 81, No. 6]

Production date
about 1530

Production date

about 1530

[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005, no. 14]
[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]
[Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016, 81, No. 6]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 38 x 25 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 38 x 25 cm

  • [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings

  • [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

Inscriptions and Labels
Verso: Bottom centre, paper labels with the numbers 'E.C 1963' and 'OP 603'

Inscriptions and Labels

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Verso: Bottom centre, paper labels with the numbers 'E.C 1963' and 'OP 603'
  • [Cat. Prague 2007, 28]
Owner
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Repository
Národní galerie v Praze (National Gallery in Prague)
Location
Prague
CDA ID
CZ_NGP_O455
FR (1978) Nr.
FR283
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/CZ_NGP_O455/

Provenance

  • 1866 bequeathed by Dr. Jan Kanka
    [Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

Exhibitions

Weimar 1972, No. 40
Berlin 1989, No. A 168
Prague 2005, No. 14
Rome 2010, No. 34
Prague 2016, No. 6

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 201 under no. 44
AuthorKlaus Weschenfelder
TitleCranach in Coburg. Gemälde von Lucas Cranach d.Ä., Lucas Cranach d.J., der Werkstatt und des Umkreises in den Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication2018
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2016 24, 69, 70, 78-81 6 Figs. pp. 24, 78, 79
EditorOlga Kotková
TitleCranach. Ze všech stran. From all sides.
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2016
Pages16-180
Görres, Heydenreich, Kotková 2016 9 Fig. p. 9 (detail)
AuthorOlga Kotková, Gunnar Heydenreich, Daniel Görres
TitleIntroduction
Publicationin Olga Kotková, ed., Cranach. Ze všech stran. From all sides., Exhib. Cat. Prague
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2016
Pages11-17
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010 234, 235, 238 No. 34 Pl. p. 238
EditorGalleria Borghese, Rome, Anna Coliva, Bernard Aikema
TitleCranach. L'altro rinascimento / a different renaissance, [Rome, Galleria Borghese 15 ottobre 2010 - 13 febbraio 2011]
Place of PublicationMilan
Year of Publication2010
Cat. Prague 2007 32-33 10
AuthorOlga Kotková
TitleNational Gallery in Prague. German and Austrian Painting of the 14th - 16th Centuries. Illustrated Summary Catalogue II/1
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2007
Chamonikola 2005 B 26 (English version 11)
AuthorKaliopi Chamonikola
TitleLucas Cranach a ceské zeme/ Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands
Publicationin Kaliopi Chamonikola, ed., Pod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme, Under the winged Serpent, Lucas Cranach and the Czech Lands, Exhib. Prague 2005
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2005
Pages13-33 (6-15)
Exhib. Cat. Prague 2005 82-84 (English version 32, 34, 35) 14 Pl. p. 83
EditorObrazárna Pražského hradu, Kaliopi Chamonikola
TitlePod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme. Under the winged Serpent. Lucas Cranach and the Czech Land
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication2005
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1989 62 A168
AuthorHelga Thamm
EditorStaatliche Museen, Berlin
TitleDasein und Vision [Berlin, Staatl. Museen, Altes Museum]
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1989
Cat. Prague 1988 126, 129 282
EditorJ. Mašín
TitleStaré evropské umení. Sbírky Národní galerie v Praze. Sternberský palác
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1988
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 126 283
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Stewart 1978 153
AuthorAlison G. Stewart
TitleUnequal Lovers. A Study of Unequal Couples in Northern art
Place of PublicationNew York
Year of Publication1978
Pigler 1974 569
AuthorAndor Pigler
TitleBarockthemen. Eine Auswahl von Verzeichnissen zur Ikonographie des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts
Volume2
Place of PublicationBudapest
IssueSecond edition
Year of Publication1974
Schade 1974 463 180
AuthorWerner Schade
TitleDie Malerfamilie Cranach
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication1974
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/schade1974
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1972 B 40 pl. 69
EditorSchlossmuseum Weimar
TitleLucas Cranach 1472-1553. Ein großer Maler in bewegter Zeit
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1972
Cat. Prague 1960 15 89
AuthorJaroslav Pešina, J. Mašín
TitleNarodni galerie v Praze. Sbirka stareho umeni
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1960
Cat. Prague 1949 14 85
AuthorJaroslav Pešina, J. Mašín
TitleNarodni galerie v Praze. Sbirka stareho umeni
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1949
Cat. Prague 1936 91
AuthorVincenc Kramár
Title Strucný pruvodce obrazárnou Spolecnosti vlasteneckých prátel umení v Cechách
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1936
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 72 233
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1932
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/friedlaender1932
Cat. Prague 1912 38 118
AuthorP. Bergner
TitleKatalog obrazárny v dome umelcu Rudolfinum v Praze
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1912
Cat. Prague 1889 45 162
AuthorV. Barvitius
TitleKatalog obrazárny v dome umelcu Rudolfinum v Praze
Place of PublicationPrague
Year of Publication1889
  • Ill-Matched Lovers, about 1530

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Technical studies

06. 2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

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Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- dry, drawing material, pen

Type/Ductus:

- schematic, freehand underdrawing

- delicate, fine lines

Function:

- roughly binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours; 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

20.07.1998Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

Dendrochronology has established 1522 as the earliest date for the felling of the tree. [...] This indicates that the painting could have been created from 1524 onwards (Peter Klein, 20 July 1998).

[Cat. Prague 2007, No. 10]

  • examined by Peter Klein

Conservation History

Date24.11.1948

  • conservation treatment by Karel Verselý

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