The Justice of Trajan

The Justice of Trajan

Title

The Justice of Trajan

[cda 2021]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937, no. 115]

This scene depicts an episode in the life of the Roman emperor Trajan widely known from Jacopo da Voragine's Golden Legend of about 1260 and retold by Dante in the Divine Comedy in the early fourteenth century. According to the legend while preparing for the Dacian Wars Trajan was petitioned

This scene depicts an episode in the life of the Roman emperor Trajan widely known from Jacopo da Voragine's Golden Legend of about 1260 and retold by Dante in the Divine Comedy in the early fourteenth century. According to the legend while preparing for the Dacian Wars Trajan was petitioned for justice by a mother whose son had been murdered by Trajan’s own son. The Emperor promised this on his return, but when the woman pointed out that he may not return he immediately held court. On this panel the emperor is shown on horseback at the left, the widow is kneeling at the right with her dead son at her feet and accompanied by a small group of women. A foot soldier stands to attention at the left in the foreground, while a dog sniffs the ground beside him. Large numbers of foot soldiers armed with lances are shown behind the central group and the background opens out into an expansive landscape with a fortress visible on top of a hill at the left.

[cda 2021]

Attribution
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Wohlberedt 2015, 195] [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937, no. 115]

Production dates
about 1540
1578

Production dates

about 1540

[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937, no. 115]

1578

Note in file, Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau; possibly information found on the frame [Wohlberedt 2015,195, Fn. 6]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 218 x 144 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 218 x 144 cm

  • [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937, no. 115]

Inscriptions and Labels
Recto: - bottom, left corner, in paint: '457.'

Inscriptions and Labels

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Recto: - bottom, left corner, in paint: '457.'
Owner
Anhaltische Gemälde-Galerie, Dessau
Repository
painting not preserved
CDA ID
DE_AGGD-Lost_457
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_AGGD-Lost_457/

Provenance

  • formerly in the Gothic House (Gotisches Haus), Wörlitz (inventory by August von Rodes, 1818)
  • since 1927 Dessau, Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie (Inv. no. 323)
  • transferred to Zerbst castle in c. 1940 and was presumably destroyed during the air-raid, 16.04.1945
    [Wohlberedt 2015, 194,195, Fns. 7, 8, 9]

Exhibitions

Berlin 1937, no. 115

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz 2015 194-203 Fig. 1
EditorKulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz
EditingWolfgang Savelsberg
TitleCranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, [Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus, 15 May - 4 Oct. 2015]
SeriesKataloge und Schriften der Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz
Volume35
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Wohlberedt 2015 194-203 Fig. 1
AuthorAstrid Wohlberedt
TitleDie Gerechtigkeit des Kaisers Trajan aus der Cranach-Werkstatt, ehemals im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz
Publicationin Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz, ed., Cranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages194-203
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1937 41 115 Pl. 92
EditorStaatliche Museen, Berlin
TitleLucas Cranach d. Ä. und Lucas Cranach d. J. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphik
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1937
  • The Justice of Trajan, about 1540

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