Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Title

Martin Luther

[CDA 2010]

Painting on limewood

Medium

Painting on limewood

[Klein report, 03.03.2016]
[Maedebach, Cat. Coburg 1969]

'A portrait of Luther depicted standing under an arch and inclined slightly to the left. He wears a black robe and holds a bible in both hands.'

[Maedebach, Cat. Coburg 1969]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Younger

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Younger

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 182] [Maedebach, Cat. Coburg 1969]

Production date
1575

Production date

1575

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 216 x 94.4 x 2.3-2.8 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 216 x 94.4 x 2.3-2.8 cm

  • [Cat. Coburg 2018, 182]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the bottom edge: winged (elevated) serpent and dated '1575'

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the bottom edge: winged (elevated) serpent and dated '1575'

  • [Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, revised 2010]

Inscriptions and Labels
none none

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • none

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • none
Owner
Veste Coburg Kunstsammlungen
Repository
Veste Coburg Kunstsammlungen
Location
Coburg
CDA ID
DE_KSVC_M304
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_KSVC_M304/

Provenance

  • 1574 commissioned by the Elector August of Saxony. Formerly in Annaburg Castle(Saxony-Anhalt).
  • 1948 'ein Stadtmuseum in der Ostzone' (= Annaberg castle)
  • 1948 with the art dealer Herbert W. Klewer, Berlin
  • 24 January 1961: expertise by Prof. Dr. Cornelius Müller Hofstede, Director of the Gemäldegalerie Berlin (painting file in the Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg)
  • 1961 Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, acquired from the art dealer Herbert W. Klever, Victoria-Luise-Platz 12a, Berlin
    [Cat. Coburg 2018, 182, fns. 1, 2]

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 182, 183, 185, 187-189 41 Pl. p. 185, Fig. 1
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
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
Schuchardt 2015 B 46 Fig. 26
AuthorGünter Schuchardt
TitlePrivileg und Monopol - Die Lutherporträts der Cranach-Werkstatt
Publicationin Günther Schuchardt, ed., Cranach, Luther und die Bildnisse, Exhib. Cat. Eisenach 2015
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication2015
Pages24-52
Findeisen 2008 203-204 Fig. 18
AuthorPeter Findeisen
TitleFürst Georg III. von Anhalt und einige Bilder seiner Zeit
Publicationin Achim Detmers, Ulla Jablonowski, eds., 500 Jahre Georg III. Fürst und Christ in Anhalt. Beiträge des Wissenschaftlichen Kolloquiums anlässlich des 500. Geburtstages von Fürst Georg III. von Anhalt
SeriesMitteilungen des Vereins für Anhaltische Landeskunde
VolumeSonderband 17
Place of PublicationKöthen
Year of Publication2008
Pages182-205
Schuchardt 2004
AuthorGünter Schuchardt
TitleLuther seitenrichtig - Luther seitenverkehrt? Die Bildnisse im Leben und im Tod - Werkstattprinzip und Werkstattprivileg Cranachs und seiner Mitarbeiter
Volume2003
JournalWartburg-Jahrbuch
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication2004
Pages9-30
Braunfels, Eissenhauer 1996 8 Fig. p. 9
EditorVeronika Braunfels, Michael Eissenhauer
TitleMit Luther durch die Kunstsammlungen. Ein Führer zu den Luther-Zeugnissen in den Sammlungen der Veste Coburg
Place of PublicationSchweinfurt
Year of Publication1996
Cat. Coburg 1969
AuthorHeino Maedebach
EditorLWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster
TitleKunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg. Ausgewählte Werke
SeriesKataloge der Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Volume1
Place of PublicationCoburg
Year of Publication1969
Exhib. Cat. Coburg 1967 030
EditorLWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Heino Maedebach
TitleMartin Luther 1517-1967. Ausstellung zur Erinnerung an die 95 Thesen Martin Luthers vom Jahre 1517
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1967
Maedebach 1961 10
AuthorHeino Maedebach
TitleKostbares Lutherbild auf der Veste Coburg
JournalCoburger Tagesblatt
Issue15, 4
Year of Publication1961
Pages10
  • Martin Luther, 1575

Images

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Technical studies

2018Technical Examination

Support

- lime wood; the panel consists of six vertically aligned boards with butt joints: I: 13.6 cm; II: 13.8 cm; III: 17.1; IV: 13.3 cm; V: 13.4 cm; VI: 23.2 cm; the top is curved; there are visible tooling marks from a block plane across the grain, various rough plane marks; marks from a saw on the left side; two conically grooved battens (probably original) at the top and bottom third of the panel; the individual planks are not flush at the top, in some sections the difference is a few millimeters, the surface is stained black and there are numerous large knots

Ground and Imprimatura

- chalk ground

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 182]

03.03.2016Scientific analysis

  • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species

Support

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

[Klein report, 03.03.2016]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

Condition Reports

Date2018

Support:

  • more recent application of a thick coating (verso); extensive, inactive woodworm damage; plywood insert (21.5 x 9 x 0.8 cm) at the bottom left

Varnish:

  • the painting has a glossy resin varnish, which was probably applied repeatedly with a brush.

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 182]

Conservation History

Date1996

Conservation treatment (Rothenburg o. d. T.)

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 182]

  • conservation treatment by Jürgen Holstein

Date1982

Conservation treatment (Würzburg)

[Cat. Coburg 2018, 182]

  • conservation treatment by P. Pracher
  • conservation treatment by R. Pracher

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