The Resurrection

The Resurrection

Title

The Resurrection

[CDA 2012]

Painting on limewood (Tilia sp.)

Medium

Painting on limewood (Tilia sp.)

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]
[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 219, No. IV.22]

The painting depicts the Risen Christ triumphant over Death holding the victory banner in his right hand. This incident is not described in the bible, and is based on early Christian apocryphal writings. Christ stands on the sarcophagus, wearing a red cloak and is surrounded by an almost white glorious

The painting depicts the Risen Christ triumphant over Death holding the victory banner in his right hand. This incident is not described in the bible, and is based on early Christian apocryphal writings. Christ stands on the sarcophagus, wearing a red cloak and is surrounded by an almost white glorious light. He seems to have overcome the results of the passion: the wounds on his hands and his feet are only barely visible, and the wound on his side is no longer there.

In the foreground the soldiers slowly awake from their slumber.

[see Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 219, No. IV.22]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]
[Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 219, No. IV.22]

Production date
about 1537 - 1538

Production date

about 1537 - 1538

[Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 150.6 x 111.8 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 150.6 x 111.8 cm

  • [Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin - Brandenburg, revised 2011]

Signature / Dating
none
Owner
Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
Repository
Grunewald hunting lodge
Location
Grunewald
CDA ID
DE_SPSG_GKI1189
FR (1978) Nr.
FR374C
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SPSG_GKI1189/

Provenance

  • probably taken from the Domkirche (Cathedral) in the 17th century and placed in the Erasmuskapelle (Erasmus Chapel) of the Berliner Schloss (Berlin Palace); eight Passion paintings are listed in the Berliner Schloss inventory from 1700
    [Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 213, Nos. IV.14-22]

Exhibitions

Berlin 2009/10, No. IV.22

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Sandner, Heydenreich, Smith-Contini 2015 136, Fn. 61
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
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009 A 219 No. IV.22 Fig. IV.22
EditorStiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg
TitleCranach und die Kunst der Renaissance unter den Hohenzollern. Kirche, Hof und Stadtkultur
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2009
Most, Wolf et al. 2009 89, 92 Figs. 3, 7
AuthorMechthild Most, Anja Wolf, Peter Klein, Undine Köhler, Jens Bartoll, Eva Wenders de Calisse
TitleZur Maltechnik der beiden Cranach und ihrer Werkstatt. Ergebnisse der technologischen Untersuchung der Bildtafeln der Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten
Publicationin Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Petri-St. Marien, eds., Cranach und die Kunst der Renaissance unter den Hohenzollern, Exhib. Cat. Berlin
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2009
Pages86-97
Tacke 2007 C 81, 82, 84
AuthorAndreas Tacke
TitleMit Cranachs Hilfe: Antireformatorische Kunstwerke vor dem Tridentiner Konzil
Publicationin Bodo Brinkmann, ed., Cranach der Ältere, [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt am Main]
Place of PublicationOstfildern
Year of Publication2007
Link http://archiv.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/artdok/volltexte/2012/2000
Pages81-89
Erichsen 1994 A 157, 158
AuthorJohannes Erichsen
TitleAltäre Lucas Cranachs und seiner Werkstatt vor der Reformation
Publicationin Claus Grimm, Johannes Erichsen, Evamaria Brockhof, eds., Lucas Cranach. Ein Maler-Unternehmen aus Franken, Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994
SeriesVeröffentlichungen zur bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur
Volume26/94
Place of PublicationAugsburg, Regensburg
Year of Publication1994
Pages150-165
Börsch-Supan 1992 20-21
AuthorHelmut Börsch-Supan
TitleAus der Gemäldesammlung
Publicationin Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin, ed., 450 Jahre Jagdschloss Grunewald: 1542-1992
Volume2
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1992
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 139 No. 374C
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 294c
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

Research History / Discussion

‚The painting is one of nine Passion panels, that were originally parts of an unknown number of winged altarpieces. Commissioned by Joachim II Lucas Cranach the Elder and his workshop created them for the collegial church in Berlin (Berliner Stiftskirche) between 1537 and 1538. This is one of the central panels, which was probably flanked by full-length depictions of saints on the wings and complemented by scenes from the old testament on the predella. […] The Berlin Passion cycle was based on the 16 Passion altarpieces, which were commissioned by Cardinal Albrecht from Lucas Cranach the Elder and his workshop for the collegial church in Halle (Hallenser Stiftskirche) (about 1520-1525) and it was the second large painted Passion series created in the Cranach workshop. Not only are numerous central panels now missing from the Berlin Passion altarpieces, like for example ‚The Arrest of Christ‘ or ‚The Crucifixion‘, but in addition the whereabouts of all the wing panels and a large number of the predella panels is unknown. They were probably lost in 1613 when Elector Johann Sigismund converted to Calvinism. […]‘

[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 213, No. IV.14-22]

‚Cranach varied the late medieval pictorial tradition north of the Alps by depicting Christ standing on the sarcophagus rather than climbing out of it, thus emphasizing the triumph over Death. Christ is shown in a similar manner on the right wing of the Schneeberg altarpiece, which was completed in 1539. It was commissioned from Cranach by the Saxon elector and is one of the first altarpieces to decorate a Lutheran-protestant church.’

[Elke A. Werner, Exhib. Cat. Berlin 2009, 219, No. IV.22]

  • The Resurrection, about 1537 - 1538

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Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- fluid, black medium and brushes of varying widths

Type/Ductus:

- detailed and freehand underdrawing

- thin lines; predominantly short lines in combination with longer, at times broader lines

- occasional hatching-strokes

Function:

- binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the essential details and the facial features; occasional representation of volume (hatching-strokes)

Deviations:

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

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2012]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

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