The Mockery of Christ

The Mockery of Christ

Title

The Mockery of Christ

[CDA 2011]

Painting on limewood

Medium

Painting on limewood

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

The seated, bound Christ is surrounded by a throng of henchmen, who torment and mock him in a variety of ways. Men in armour pull faces and blind him with a lantern. One of the henchmen places a jesters hat on his head from behind, another puts his horn over

The seated, bound Christ is surrounded by a throng of henchmen, who torment and mock him in a variety of ways. Men in armour pull faces and blind him with a lantern. One of the henchmen places a jesters hat on his head from behind, another puts his horn over Christ's ear. The scene takes place inside and the space is defined by a red marble column and a rose window. [Görres, cda 2016]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

Production dates
about 1515 - 1520
about 1537

Production dates

about 1515 - 1520

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

about 1515

[Schade 1974] [Sandner 1998 A, 51, Fn. 2]
[Sandner 1998 B, 89]

about 1537

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932, 84]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 86.2 x 59.4 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 86.2 x 59.4 cm

  • [Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

Signature / Dating
None
Owner
Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Museums
Repository
Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Museums
Location
Weimar
CDA ID
DE_KSW_G713
FR (1978) Nr.
FR371A
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_KSW_G713/

Provenance

  • acquired on the Potsdam art market in 1926
    [Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

Exhibitions

Weimar, Wittenberg 1953, no. 44
Weimar 1972, no. 64, Fig. p. 78

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Sandner, Heydenreich, Smith-Contini 2015 133, 136, Fn. 63 Fig. 4b
AuthorGunnar Heydenreich, Ingo Sandner, Helen Smith-Contini
TitleVeränderungen beim Unterzeichnen in Cranachs Werkstatt und die Arbeitsweise von Sohn Lucas
Publicationin Elke A. Werner, Anne Eusterschulte, Gunnar Heydenreich, eds., Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Reformation der Bilder
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Link https://lucascranach.org/application/files/5215/6337/7366/Heydenreich_Sandner_Smith-Contini_2015_-_Unterzeichnung.pdf
Pages128-141
Sandner 1998 A 51, Fn. 2
AuthorIngo Sandner
TitleZeichengeräte um 1500
Publicationin Ingo Sandner, Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach and Fachhochschule Köln, eds., Unsichtbare Meisterzeichnungen auf dem Malgrund. Cranach und seine Zeitgenossen, Exhib. Cat. Eisenach
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication1998
Pages51-60
Sandner 1998 B 89
AuthorIngo Sandner
TitleCranach als Zeichner auf dem Malgrund
Publicationin Ingo Sandner, Wartburg-Stiftung Eisenach and Fachhochschule Köln, eds., Unsichtbare Meisterzeichnungen auf dem Malgrund. Cranach und seine Zeitgenossen, Exhib. Cat. Eisenach
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication1998
Pages83-95
Cat. Weimar 1992 23-24 No. 6
AuthorHelga Hoffmann
EditorKunstsammlungen zu Weimar
TitleKunstsammlungen zu Weimar. Die deutschen Gemälde des XVI. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationFulda
Year of Publication1992
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 144 No. 371A
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 484 331a (u.)
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
Schade 1974 Plates 84-86, p. 67f.
AuthorWerner Schade
TitleDie Malerfamilie Cranach
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication1974
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/schade1974
Schade 1973 B 28 Figs. 6, 7
AuthorWerner Schade
TitleLucas Cranach. Seine Werke in den Sammlungen der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik
JournalNeue Museumskunde
Issue16 (1973)
Year of Publication1973
Pages20-30
Exhib. Cat. Weimar 1972 B No. 64 Fig. p. 78
EditorSchlossmuseum Weimar
TitleLucas Cranach 1472-1553. Ein großer Maler in bewegter Zeit
Place of PublicationWeimar
Year of Publication1972
Exhib. Cat. Weimar, Wittenberg 1953 No. 44
AuthorWalther Scheidig
EditorDeutsche Lucas Cranach Komitee
TitleLucas Cranach Ausstellung. Weimar und Wittenberg
Place of PublicationWeimar, Wittenberg
Year of Publication1953
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 under No. 296
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1932
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/friedlaender1932
  • The Mockery of Christ, about 1515 - 1520

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Technical studies

06.10.2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • X-radiography
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Equipment: ERESCO 42 MF 4 from the company GE.

Scanner: CRxFlex.

Parameters:70 KV, 6mA, 20 seconds

Distance from object: 3m

[HfBK Dresden, 06.10.2014]

  • created by K. Risse
  • created by HfBK Dresden
  • created by I. Mohrmann

04. 2010Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- fluid black pigmented medium, quill

Type/Ductus:

- elaborate freehand underdrawing

- thin lines both long and short (often crescent-shaped) with some parallel hatching strokes

Function:

- binding for the final painted version; contours and details are extensively described; occasional representation of volume (hatching-strokes)

Deviations:

- minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define forms

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

1988Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared photography

Support

- four boards vertically aligned

- remains of a rebate along the top edge

Underdrawing

Rich autograph underdrawing

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

Infrared photograph: J. Fritz, IfD Berlin 1972

1972Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared photography

Underdrawing

  • photographed by J. Fritz
  • photographed by Institut für Denkmalpflege, Berlin

1953Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • X-radiography
  • photographed by Institut für Denkmalpflege, Halle

Condition Reports

Date1990

  • trimmed on all four sides

  • thinned to a thickness of 5-9 mm and laminated onto a 2 cm thick pine wood panel with to vertical battens

  • old woodworm damage, small losses particularly in the bottom half of the left edge, right and left on the bottom edge and at the centre of the right edge.

  • wooden insert (c. 7.4 x 0.4 cm) on the left edge, a further insert in the top edge on the right next to the rose window (5.5 x 1.8-2.5 cm)

  • vertical splits running from the top and bottom edges

  • large retouches, particularly along the joins, in the bottom left corner, in the clothes of the man on the right and in the left eye of the man with the horn as well as numerous small retouches

[Hoffmann, Cat. Weimar 1992, 23]

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