Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

Title

Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

[KKL 2022]

Painting on beech wood

See German text version

Attributions
Lucas Cranach der Ältere
Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop

Attributions

Lucas Cranach der Ältere

[KKL 2022]

Lucas Cranach the Elder and Workshop

[Wenzel / Matthey 2012, p. 68]

Production date
1526

Production date

1526

[dated, KKL 2022]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 22.45 x 16.0 x 0.3 - 0.4 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 22.45 x 16.0 x 0.3 - 0.4 cm

  • Dimensions of painted surface: 18.9 x 12.75 cm

  • [KKL 2022]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the left edge above the sitter's shoulder: serpent without wings and dated '1526'

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the left edge above the sitter's shoulder: serpent without wings and dated '1526'

Inscriptions and Labels
on the reverse: - adhesive label: 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel' - adhesive label with stamp: 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel' and inventory no. …

Inscriptions and Labels

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • on the reverse: - adhesive label: 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel'
  • - adhesive label with stamp: 'Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel' and inventory no. 'B96'
  • [Wenzel / Matthey 2012, No. 8]
Owner
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Repository
Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Location
Wolfenbüttel
CDA ID
DE_HABW_B96
FR (1978) Nr.
FR189-190C
KKL-No
III.M11a, Part of portait group III
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_HABW_B96/

Provenance

  • probably transferred from the property of Duke Rudolph August of Braunschweig-Lüneburg 1702 to the university library, Helmstedt, after the dissolution of the university in 1812 it was transferred to Göttingen and returned after 1815 to Wolfenbüttel
  • 1823 first recorded in the library, Wolfenbüttel
    [Wenzel / Matthey 2012, p. 63–69, Nos. 8, 9]

Exhibitions

Madrid 2007/08, No. 127f

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Cat. Wolfenbüttel 2012 63-69 No. 8 Figs. 8-8.2
Author / EditorMichael Wenzel
TitleDie Gemälde der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel
Place of PublicationWiesbaden
Year of Publication2012
Exhib. Cat. Madrid 2007/2008 297, 314f. No. 127f
Author / EditorFernando Checa
TitleDurero y Cranach. Arte y Humanismo en la Alemania del Renacimiento [Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza]
Place of PublicationMadrid
Year of Publication2007
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 108 No. 189C
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg, G. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 60 No. 160f
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

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

The reformer is shown here as a half-length figure, facing right against a blue background. His black academic gown with its high collar starkly contrasts his face, which exhibits great detail in execution: he is unshaven with prominent wrinkles around the eyes, the bridge of the nose and the forehead. These signs of outer neglect correspond with his firmly closed mouth and a gaze directed to the right, beyond the viewer and can be interpreted as a sign of inner contemplation and resolve.

[See Wenzel / Matthey 2012, No. 8, 9]

  • Martin Luther, half-length, facing right, 1526

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Technical studies

Date2018 - 2021

Support

See German version

Support

- the panel consists of one plank, probably beech wood with a coating applied to the reverse

Framing

- glued to the panel; blackish brown battens with gilded moulding

[Cat. Wolfenbüttel 2012, 63-69, No. 8]

Condition Reports

  • craquelé with a pronounced vertical crack formation

  • losses and retouches particularly in the background

  • there is a backboard attached to the reverse of the panel, the wooden panel exhibits some damage, at the bottom edge and the side fibre remnants

[Cat. Wolfenbüttel 2012, 63-69, No. 8]

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