The Man of Sorrows

The Man of Sorrows

Title

The Man of Sorrows

[Melzer, in Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005, 54]

Painting on beech

Medium

Painting on beech

[cda 2015]

A half-length depiction of the Man of Sorrows seated on a stone bench against a black background, facing left. Christ looks directly at the viewer and presents his maltreated body. He holds a rod and whip in his hand and his head is crowned with thorns.

[Görres, cda 2015]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib. Cat. Lübeck 2021, no. 27] [Melzer, in Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005, 54]

Production dates
about 1515
after 1515

Production dates

about 1515

[Melzer, in Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005, 54]

after 1515

[Exhib. Cat. Lübeck 2021, no. 27] [Melzer 2015, 159]

about 1530

[Harksen 1939, 9]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 57 x 39.7 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 57 x 39.7 cm

  • [cda 2015]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the bottom right: serpent with elevated wings, facing left

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the bottom right: serpent with elevated wings, facing left

  • [cda 2015]

Owner
Evangelische Kirchgemeinde Wörlitz
Repository
Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House)
Location
Wörlitz
CDA ID
DE_EKW-KsDW_NONE-EKW004
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_EKW-KsDW_NONE-EKW004/

Provenance

  • first documented in the sacristy of the church in Wörlitz in 1892 by Büttner Pfanner zu Thal
  • 1939 recorded in the official inventory
    [Melzer 2005, 56]
  • on permanent loan from the Evangelische Kirchgemeinde Wörlitz to the Gotisches Haus in Wörlitz.
    [cda 2015]

Exhibitions

Halle 1972
Düsseldorf 2017, no. 79
Lübeck 2021, no. 27

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Exhib. Cat. Lübeck 2021 209 027 Fig. p. 209
EditorDagmar Täube
TitleLucas Cranach der Ältere und Hans Kemmer. Meistermaler zwischen Renaissance und Reformation [Lübeck, St. Annen-Museum]
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2021
Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017 170-171 No. 79
EditorGunnar Heydenreich, Daniel Görres, Beat Wismer
TitleLucas Cranach der Ältere. Meister - Marke - Moderne. [anlässlich der Ausstellung "Cranach. Meister - Marke - Moderne", Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, 08. April 2017 - 30. Juli 2017]
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2017
Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz 2015 120-121
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
Melzer 2015 B 159 22-24
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleDer Cranach-Bestand des Gotischen Hauses
Publicationin Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz, ed., Cranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages149-162
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005 56-57, 58 pl. 18
EditorHarald Marx, Karin Kolb, Ingrid Mössinger
TitleCranach Anlässlich der Ausstellung Cranach vom 13. November 2005 bis 12. März 2006 in den Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. Eine Ausstellung in Kooperation mit der Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Melzer 2005 55, 56, 58 Fn. 33 Pl. 18
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleCranach in Wörlitz. Das Gotische Haus als frühe Sammlungsstätte altdeutscher Malerei
Publicationin Harald Marx, Ingrid Mössinger, Karin Kolb, ed., Cranach. Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Pages44-58
Exhib. Cat. Halle 1972 25
EditorStaatliche Galerie Moritzburg
TitleLucas Cranach und die sächsische Malerei seiner Zeit
Place of PublicationHalle
Year of Publication1972
Harksen 1939 9 6 pl. 9
AuthorMarie-Luise Harksen
TitleStadt, Schloss und Park Wörlitz
SeriesKunstdenkmalinventare des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt
Volume31
Place of PublicationBurg
Year of Publication1939
Büttner Pfänner zu Thal 1894 407
AuthorFranz Friedrich Ernst Büttner Pfänner zu Thal
TitleAnhalt Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler
Place of PublicationDessau, Leipzig
Year of Publication1894
Heller 1854 59
AuthorJoseph Heller
TitleLucas Cranach's Leben und Werke
Place of PublicationNuremberg
Year of Publication1854
Link http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015062799757
  • The Man of Sorrows, about 1515

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Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Material:

- fluid black medium, brush

Type/Ductus:

- relatively detailed and yet economic freehand underdrawing

- thin to broader lines

Function:

- relatively binding for the final painted version; lines delineate the main contours and define essential details and facial features; no representation of volume with hatching-strokes

Abweichungen:

- minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define forms; small changes (e. g. Christ’s face has been shifted slightly to the left)

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2015]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

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