Katharina of Bora

Katharina of Bora

Title

Katharina of Bora

[cda 2017]

Painting on deciduous wood

Medium

Painting on deciduous wood

[Heydenreich, cda 2017]

Oak wood

[Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 2015, 104, No. 34]

Katharina as a half-length figure against a brown background, facing left; she is wearing a black dress with a fur-trimmed collar and her arms are folded.

Attributions
Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Follower of Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Heydenreich, cda 2017]

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 2015, 105, No. 35]

Production date
after 1537

Production date

after 1537

[dated, not authentic]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 51 x 36 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 51 x 36 cm

  • [Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 2015, 105, No. 35]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the right edge: serpent (with elevated wings) and dated '1537' (not authentic)

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the right edge: serpent (with elevated wings) and dated '1537' (not authentic)

Inscriptions and Labels
Insciption upper edge: 'KATHARINA. A. BOR. VXOR. ACERRIMI. CHRISTI. JESV. SALVATORIS. NOSTRI. PER. GERMANIAM. APOSTOLI. DNI. DOCTORIS. MARTINI LUTHERI. 70.' …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Insciption upper edge:
  • 'KATHARINA. A. BOR. VXOR. ACERRIMI. CHRISTI. JESV. SALVATORIS. NOSTRI. PER. GERMANIAM. APOSTOLI. DNI. DOCTORIS. MARTINI LUTHERI. 70.'
  • [Steche 1890, 47]
Owner
Ev.-Luth. Kirchgemeinde, Penig
Repository
Kirche Unser Lieben Frauen Auf Dem Berge, Penig
Location
Penig
CDA ID
DE_ELKP_002
FR (1978) Nr.
FR149A
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_ELKP_002/

Provenance

  • from the estate of Canon Dr. Burscher, Leipzig
  • 1848 donated by C. Friedrich Aug. Roch to the church of 'Unser Lieber Frauen Auf Dem Berge'
  • 1890 kept in the sacristy
    [Steche 1890, 47]

Exhibitions

Eisenach 2015, No. 35

Research History / Discussion

[The portrait of Luther] shows all the merits and mannerisms of the master with its meticulous execution and appears to be at least a distinguished work by a pupil if not by Cranach himself […] – the bust-length portrait of Katharina Luther […] is executed with less care and artistic merit. It appears to be a companion piece painted later.

[Steche 1890, 47]

The disparate yet related pair links the representations of ‘Junker Jörg’ from 1522 with the marriage portraits of Katharina. Her portrait draws on later versions from 1529 […].

[Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 2015, 104, No. 34]

  • Katharina of Bora, after 1537

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Technical studies

Support

- hardwood support

- broad bevel along the edges

- open worm channels

[Heydenreich, cda 2017]

Conservation History

Date2015

  • removal of the varnish and extensive overpaint, particularly in the blue background
  • conservation treatment by Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Sachsen

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