Lukretia

Lukretia

Title

Lukretia

[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, revised 2012]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, revised 2012]

The painting depicts Lucretia as a seated half-length figure in contemporary dress with contemporary accessories.

Lucretia's head is inclined slightly to the left, but her gaze is directed at the viewer. Her hair is pinned up. She wears a white undergarment revealing her chest and a fur-trimmed gown over her

The painting depicts Lucretia as a seated half-length figure in contemporary dress with contemporary accessories.

Lucretia's head is inclined slightly to the left, but her gaze is directed at the viewer. Her hair is pinned up. She wears a white undergarment revealing her chest and a fur-trimmed gown over her shoulders. Her left hand rests on her lap and she holds a long dagger in her right hand, which she has raised slightly.

She wears a chain with a pendant around her neck.

The background is dark.

According to the legend Lucretia lived in the 6th century BC and was the beautiful and virtuous wife of the roman Collatinus. The roman King's son - Sextus Tarquinius fell in love with her. During a stay in her house Sextus threatened to kill her and shame her honour if she did not surrender to him. After the rape Lucretia had her father and husband vow vengeance and then she stabbed herself. The event led to an uprising in which the royal family was overthrown and the Roman Empire became a Republic.

Depictions of Lucretia who was seen as the epitomy of female virtue, chastity, fidelity and honour enjoyed great popularity, particularly in the 16th century.

[Literature: Bierende 2002, Follak 2002, Livius 1909]

Attributions
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder
Circle of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, under No. 576]

Circle of Lucas Cranach the Elder

"Cranach-school" [Melzer, in Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005, 54]

Production dates
about 1800 - 1899
about 1530

Production dates

about 1800 - 1899

"19. Jahrhundert "
[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, under No. 576]

about 1515

[Melzer 2015, 156]

about 1530

[Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, revised 2012]

after 1534

[Melzer, in Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005, 54]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 82.4 x 61.3 x 1.2 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 82.4 x 61.3 x 1.2 cm

  • [cda 2015]

Signature / Dating
None
Owner
Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz
Repository
Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus (The Gothic House)
Location
Wörlitz
CDA ID
DE_KsDW_I-55
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_KsDW_I-55/

Provenance

  • 'Gothisches Haus' Wörlitz (old no. 2767)
    [Melzer 2005, 54, 58 Fn. 30]

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz 2015 116-117
EditorKulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz
EditingWolfgang Savelsberg
TitleCranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, [Wörlitz, Gotisches Haus, 15 May - 4 Oct. 2015]
SeriesKataloge und Schriften der Kulturstiftung Dessau Wörlitz
Volume35
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Melzer 2015 B 156 16
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleDer Cranach-Bestand des Gotischen Hauses
Publicationin Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz, ed., Cranach im Gotischen Haus in Wörlitz, Exhib. Cat. Wörlitz
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages149-162
Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz 2005 54
EditorHarald Marx, Karin Kolb, Ingrid Mössinger
TitleCranach Anlässlich der Ausstellung Cranach vom 13. November 2005 bis 12. März 2006 in den Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. Eine Ausstellung in Kooperation mit der Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Melzer 2005 54, 58 Fn. 30
AuthorReinhard Melzer
TitleCranach in Wörlitz. Das Gotische Haus als frühe Sammlungsstätte altdeutscher Malerei
Publicationin Harald Marx, Ingrid Mössinger, Karin Kolb, ed., Cranach. Exhib. Cat. Chemnitz
Place of PublicationCologne
Year of Publication2005
Pages44-58
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 662 576 (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

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

This painting is one of many copies after a ‘Lucretia’ by Lucas Cranach the Elder, which was created about 1510-13 and is in a private collection in Switzerland (FR42).

[Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974, 662, under No. 576]

  • Lukretia, about 1800 - 1899

Images

Compare images
  • overall
  • overall
  • irr
  • uv_light

Technical studies

03. 2015Technical Examination

Support

- marks from a toothed-plane on the reverse of the panel

  • examined by Gunnar Heydenreich

03. 2015Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

- an underdrawing is not readily visible

[Sandner, Smith-Contini, Heydenreich, cda 2015]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

12. 2013Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • UV-light photography
  • uv_light
  • photographed by Heinz Fräßdorf

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