Reclining Nymph of the Spring

Reclining Nymph of the Spring

Title

Reclining Nymph of the Spring

[Cat. Darmstadt 1990, No. 73]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Darmstadt 1990, No. 73]

This depiction of the reclining nymph was executed on a upright rectangular panel. In the composition she supports her head on her right arm and is accompanied by a single partridge. A cave-like opening where spring water has collected on the ground is visible in a cliff face behind.

[Görres,

This depiction of the reclining nymph was executed on a upright rectangular panel. In the composition she supports her head on her right arm and is accompanied by a single partridge. A cave-like opening where spring water has collected on the ground is visible in a cliff face behind.

[Görres, cda 2015]

Attributions
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003, No. 69]
[Cat. Darmstadt 1990, No. 73]

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Darmstadt 1914, No. 75]

Lucas Cranach the Elder and workshop

[Exhib. Cat. Gotha 2015, No. 60]

Production date
1533

Production date

1533

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 37 x 23.8 x 0.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 37 x 23.8 x 0.5 cm

  • Dimensions including frame: 44 x 32 x 2.5 cm

  • [Zustandsbericht, Hessisches Landesmuseum 1989]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia and date left: serpent with elevated wings, facing left, in black paint and date '1533'

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia and date left: serpent with elevated wings, facing left, in black paint and date '1533'

  • [cda 2015]

Inscriptions and Labels
Bottom: 'FONTIS NYMPHA SACRI SOMNVM NE RVMPE QVIESCO'

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Bottom: 'FONTIS NYMPHA SACRI SOMNVM NE RVMPE QVIESCO'
  • [cda 2015]
Owner
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Repository
Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Location
Darmstadt
CDA ID
DE_HLMD_GK75
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_HLMD_GK75/

Provenance

  • acquired from the Archduke's Homburg estate
    [Cat. Darmstadt 1990, No. 73]

Exhibitions

Basel 1974, No. 546
Hamburg 2003, No. 69
Frankfurt 2007, No. 103
Gotha/Kassel 2015, No. 61

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 92 under no. 15
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
Dohe 2015 48
AuthorSebastian Dohe
TitleAemulatio, Anspruch und Austausch. Cranachs Kunst im höfischen Dienst
Publicationin Julia Carrasco, Justus Lange, Benjamin D. Spira, Timo Trümper, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha and Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, eds., Bild und Botschaft. Cranach im Dienst von Hof und Reformation, [Exhib. Cat. Gotha, Kassel]
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Year of Publication2015
Pages43-50
Exhib. Cat. Gotha, Kassel 2015 212, 213 61 Pl. p. 213
EditorJulia Carrasco, Justus Lange, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha, Benjamin D. Spira, Timo Trümper
TitleBild und Botschaft. Cranach im Dienst von Hof und Reformation, [Gotha, Herzogliches Museum; Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe]
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Year of Publication2015
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007 332-333 103 p. 333
EditorBodo Brinkmann
TitleCranach der Ältere, [Frankfurt, Städel Museum, 23 Nov 2007 - 17 Feb 2008]
Place of PublicationOstfildern
Year of Publication2007
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003 70, 180 069 Pl. 69
EditorBucerius Kunst Forum, Werner Schade
TitleLucas Cranach. Glaube, Mythologie und Moderne [Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg]
Place of PublicationOstfildern-Ruit
Year of Publication2003
Robert 2003 110, 111 69 Fig. 8
AuthorJörg Robert
TitleDie Wahrheit hinter dem Schleier. Lucas Cranachs heidnische Götter und die humanistische Mythenallegorese.
Publicationin Heiz Spielmann, Werner Schade, eds., Lucas Cranach Glaube Mythologie und Maderne , Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003
Place of PublicationOstfildern-Ruit
Year of Publication2003
Pages102-115
Cat. Darmstadt 1990 248-249 73 p. 249
AuthorWolfgang Beeh
TitleDeutsche Malerei um 1260-1550 im Hessischen Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Place of PublicationDarmstadt
Year of Publication1990
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 638 546 Fig. 316
AuthorDieter Koepplin, Tilman Falk
TitleLukas Cranach. Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik
Volume1, 2
Place of PublicationBasel, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1974
Link http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-diglit-104522
Cat. Darmstadt 1914 75
AuthorFriedrich Back
TitleGrossherzoglich Hessisches Landesmuseum in Darmstadt. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationDarmstadt
Year of Publication1914
Link https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/back1914
Cat. Darmstadt 1872 247
AuthorRudolf Hofmann
TitleDie Gemälde-Sammlung des Grossherzoglichen Museums in Darmstadt
Place of PublicationDarmstadt
Year of Publication1872

Research History / Discussion

Two further versions of this vertical composition are known: a version of about the same dimensions, but without an inscription in a private collection [PRIVATE_NONE-P503] and a later, considerably larger copy now in a private collection [PRIVATE_NONE-P183] also bearing the inscription ‘FONTIS NYMPHA SACRI SOMNVM NE RVMPE QVIESCO.'

[cda 2021]

  • Reclining Nymph of the Spring, 1533

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Technical studies

1990Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared photography

Underdrawing

- hardly any underdrawing visible

[Report, Bernd Konrad 1990]

  • examined by Bernd Konrad

1989Technical Examination

Support

- the panel consists of a single plank

- the sides are slightly bevelled

- the panel may have been trimmed slightly on the left side

- along the join irregularities in the wood were corrected before painting with a chalk ground fill material, c. 20 cm in length

- marks from an axe and a block plane are visible on the reverse

Ground and Imprimatura

- the painted edge and the edge of the ground is visible both at the top and bottom of the panel

- the paint extends at times beyond this at the top

- c. 0.5 cm of bare wood is visible along the edge

- at the left and right the paint extends to the edge

[Condition report, Hessisches Landesmuseum 1989]

  • X-radiography

Paint Layers and Gilding

- the x-radiograph shows a very soft relief with relatively little contrast

- paint dabbed on and strokes blended

[Heydenreich, cda 2015]

Condition Reports

Date1989

  • slight convex warp as viewed from the recto

  • scratches on the nymph's breasts and legs caused by vandalism

  • paint abraded during a previous cleaning, particularly in the upper half

  • extensive retouching at the right and left edges to reintegrate abrasion caused by the original frame

[Condition report, Hessisches Landesmuseum 1989]

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