An ill-matched Pair

An ill-matched Pair

Title

An ill-matched Pair

[CDA 2010]

Painting on lime wood

Medium

Painting on lime wood

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
[Klein report, 03.03.2016]
[Maedebach, Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972, No. 14]

Seated at a table an almost toothless old woman caresses the beard of a young man, while giving him a moneybag. A pretty young woman sits at the other end of the table and offers him a glass. The subject of 'The Ill-matched Pair' urging viewers to control their desires

Seated at a table an almost toothless old woman caresses the beard of a young man, while giving him a moneybag. A pretty young woman sits at the other end of the table and offers him a glass. The subject of 'The Ill-matched Pair' urging viewers to control their desires was very popular in the 16th century.

[Herrschaft, cda 2015]

Attributions
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Lucas Cranach the Elder

'... or Lucas Cranach the Younger' [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198][Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]

Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder (Copy after ?)
[Heydenreich, cda 2010]

Lucas Cranach the Younger

'... or Lucas Cranach the Younger' [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
Lucas Cranach the Younger?
[Brinkmann, Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, 312]

Production dates
about 1540
about 1540 - 1545

Production dates

about 1540

[Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]

about 1540 - 1545

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

after 1540

[Heydenreich, CDA, 2010]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 90 x 60 x 1.2 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 90 x 60 x 1.2 cm

  • [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

  • Dimensions including frame: 109 x 79.3 x 9.7 cm

  • [Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]

  • Dimensions of support: 90 x 60 cm

  • [Maedebach, Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972, No. 14]

Signature / Dating
none
Inscriptions and Labels
none Reverse: adhesive label HKA

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • none

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Reverse: adhesive label HKA
  • [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]
Owner
Veste Coburg Kunstsammlungen
Repository
Veste Coburg Kunstsammlungen
Location
Coburg
CDA ID
DE_KSVC_M010
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_KSVC_M010/

Provenance

  • Gotha, Art Cabinet, Friedenstein Castle, Picture Gallery (Kunstkammer Schloss Friedenstein, Gemäldegalerie)
  • 1856 Ducal Art and Antiquities Collection, Coburg (Herzogliche Kunst- und Altertümersammlung der Veste Coburg (HKA))
  • 1919 Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg (KVC)
    [Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

Exhibitions

Coburg 1972, no. 14
Frankfurt, London 2007-2008, 312-313

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 39, 198-201 44 Pl. p. 199
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
Weschenfelder 2018 A 14, 18
AuthorKlaus Weschenfelder
TitleCranach in Coburg.
Publicationin Klaus Weschenfelder, ed., Cranach 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
Pages7-23
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007 312-313 95 p. 313
EditorBodo Brinkmann
TitleCranach der Ältere, [Frankfurt, Städel Museum, 23 Nov 2007 - 17 Feb 2008]
Place of PublicationOstfildern
Year of Publication2007
Cat. Coburg 2004 34f.
AuthorMichael Eckstein
EditorKlaus Weschenfelder
TitleKunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg. Die Schausammlung
Place of PublicationMunich, Berlin
Year of Publication2004
Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1972 No. 14
EditorHeino Maedebach
TitleGraphik aus dem Kupferstichkabinett der Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg. Beiheft: Lucas Cranach d. Ae. und seine Werkstatt: Gemälde
Place of PublicationCoburg
Year of Publication1972

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

During conservation treatment [1850] Heinrich Krüppel recorded a monogram, which has since disappeared without a trace.[1]

[1] A monogrammist BP with an anchor or BVP can neither be found in Nagler [Monogrammisten, Band I] nor Thieme/Becker [Band 37, Meister mit Notnamen und Monogrammisten, 1950]. However it cannot be excluded that Heinrich Krüppel erroneously assigned the monogram to the wrong painting when compiling the inventory. bei der Erstellung seines Verzeichnisses geirrt und das Monogramm dem falschen Bild zugeordnet hat.

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

  • An ill-matched Pair, about 1540

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Technical studies

2018Technical Examination

Support

- lime wood; two planks, vertically aligned and butt-joined. Plank II: 29.5 cm; plank II: 30.5 cm; the panel exhibits marks from a toothed plane. The distance between the teeth is c. 3 cm.

Ground and Imprimatura

- chalk ground

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

03.03.2016Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species

Support

Identification of wood species: lime wood (Tilia sp.).

[Klein report, 03.03.2016]

  • examined by Peter Klein

01. 2008Technical examination / Scientific analysis

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Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- fluid, black medium; brush

Type/Ductus:

- detailed underdrawing

- thin lines

- occasional hatching-strokes

Function:

- binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and indicate the essential features; occasional representation of volume with hatching-strokes

Deviations:

- almost no alterations made during the painting process; minor corrections (e.g. the finger of the old woman; the young woman’s nose wing)

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder ?

Comments:

- reproduction, design transferred?

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich cda 2014]

Condition Reports

Date2018

Support:

  • at the top and bottom, c. 10 cm from each edge, grooved pine wood battens were inserted into the panel. The battens were planed flush with the panel at a later stage. This treatment damaged the panel in one place. Past woodworm damage is also visible, open worm channels and exit holes are located for the greater part at the edges of the panel. This has damaged these areas and caused losses. The reverse was stained or toned reddish brown.

Paint layers:

  • various tiny point retouches, particularly in the areas along the edge of the panel damaged by woodworm.

Varnish:

  • repeated application of a glossy resin varnish

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

Conservation History

Date1999

Conservation treatment (Rothenburg o. T.)

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

  • conservation treatment by Jürgen Holstein

Date1966

Conservation treatment (Sontheim)

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

  • conservation treatment by Richard Harzenetter

Date1850

Restoration

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 198]

  • conservation treatment by Heinrich Krüppel

Citing from the Cranach Digital Archive

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