Family of Wild Men

Family of Wild Men

Titles

Family of Wild Men

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]

Family of Fauns

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 266]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]
[Klein report, 03.03.1994]

It is not quite so peaceful in our idyllic image. To protect his wife and children the father of the family has killed a lion with his club. Bleeding from the mouth and nose the lion dies a miserable death while looking severely at the viewer. Although he still has

It is not quite so peaceful in our idyllic image. To protect his wife and children the father of the family has killed a lion with his club. Bleeding from the mouth and nose the lion dies a miserable death while looking severely at the viewer. Although he still has his mane he is only half the height of his victor, who has settled himself exhausted on a stone block. He supports his club on the block and rests his other hand on his knee. The young lady approaches holding a small boy by the hand and an infant in her arms, who stretches his hand out to his father. The composition is framed by a wall of foliage consisting of shrubs and trees. In the distance a landscape is visible with a river valley and mountains, one of which has a castle on the summit.

[Löcher, in Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]

Production dates
about 1530
about 1528

Production dates

about 1530

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]

about 1528

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 27.3 x 18.2 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 27.3 x 18.2 cm

  • [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 62]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right; in dark brown paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right; in dark brown paint

  • [cda 2015]

Owner
Sammlung Würth
Repository
Sammlung Würth
Location
Schwäbisch Hall
CDA ID
DE_SWK_6545
FR (1978) Nr.
FR266
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SWK_6545/

Provenance

  • acquired about 1850 in Constance by Baron Pfaffenhofen for the the Fürstenberg collection in Donaueschingen
    [Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]
  • acquired by the Würth collection in 2003
    [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 6]

Exhibitions

  • Dresden 1899, No. 85
  • Basel 1974, No. 502
  • Weitra Castle, No. VI/14
  • Schwäbisch Hall 2004, No. 4

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 36, 142 under no. 2
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
Bonnet, Görres 2015 68-69 23 p. 69
AuthorAnne-Marie Bonnet, Daniel Görres
TitleLucas Cranach d. Ä. - Maler der Deutschen Renaissance
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009 62 4 p. 63
EditorC. Sylvia Weber
TitleAlte Meister in der Sammlung Würth. Der ehemals Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Bilderschatz
Place of PublicationSchwäbisch Hall
Issue2nd revised edition
Year of Publication2009
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2008 34-36 1
EditorC. Sylvia Weber
TitleNeuerwerbungen Alte Meister in der Sammlung Würth
Place of PublicationSchwäbisch Hall
Year of Publication2008
Koepplin 2003 C 159, 160 Fig. 91
AuthorDieter Koepplin
TitleEin Cranach-Prinzip
Publicationin Heinz Spielmann, Werner Schade, eds., Lucas Cranach. Glaube, Mythologie und Moderne, Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003
Place of PublicationOstfildern-Ruit
Year of Publication2003
Pages144-165
Bierende 2002 237-244 95
AuthorEdgar Bierende
TitleLucas Cranach d.Ä. und der deutsche Humanismus. Tafelmalerei im Kontext von Rhetorik, Chroniken und Fürstenspiegeln
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication2002
Wiemann 2002 56-59, 104-105 p. 57
AuthorElsbeth Wiemann
TitleMeisterwerke der Fürstenbergsammlungen Donaueschingen in der Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Place of PublicationOstfildern-Ruit
Year of Publication2002
Exhib. Cat. Weitra 1994 475 VI/15
EditorErwein H. Eltz, Arno Strohmeyer
TitleDie Fürstenberger. 800 Jahre Herrschaft und Kultur in Mitteleuropa, Schloss Weitra, Niederösterrische Landesausstellung 1994
Place of PublicationKorneuburg
Year of Publication1994
Konrad 1994 139
AuthorBernd Konrad
TitleDie Fürstenbergischen Tafelbilder
Publicationin Erwein H. Eltz, Arno Strohmeyer, eds., Die Fürstenberger. 800 Jahre Herrschaft und Kultur in Mitteleuropa. Katalog zur Niederösterreichischen Landesausstellung
Place of PublicationKorneuburg
Year of Publication1994
Pages130-142
Cat. Donaueschingen 1990 178-180 39 p. 179
AuthorClaus Grimm, Bernd Konrad
TitleDie Fürstenberg Sammlungen Donaueschingen. Altdeutsche und schweizerische Malerei des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication1990
Cat. Donaueschingen 1980 78
AuthorHans Helmut Hofstätter
TitleDie Fürstlich Fürstenbergischen Sammlungen in Donaueschingen
SeriesGroßer Kunstführer
Volume81
Place of PublicationMunich, Zurich
Year of Publication1980
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 266
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 590, 601-602, 604, 607 No. 502 Fig. 305
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
Wind 1969 4 14
AuthorEdgar Wind
TitleGiorgione's 'Tempestà'. With Comments on Giorgione's Poetic Allegories
Place of PublicationOxford
Year of Publication1969
Cooper 1965 p. 185
AuthorDouglas Cooper
TitleTrèsors d'Art des Grandes Families
Place of PublicationParis
Year of Publication1965
Bernheimer 1952 157
AuthorR. Bernheimer
TitleWild Men in the Middle Ages
Place of PublicationCambridge Mass.
Year of Publication1952
Cat. Donaueschingen 1934 14-15
EditorHeinrich Feuerstein
TitleDie Fürstenberg Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationDonaueschingen
Year of Publication1934
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 218
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
Cat. Donaueschingen 1921 14
AuthorHeinrich Feurstein
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationDonaueschingen
Issue3rd edition
Year of Publication1921
Cat. Donaueschingen 1909 41-42
AuthorGeorg Tumbült
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationStuttgart
Issue2nd edition
Year of Publication1909
Heyck 1908 87, 112 70
AuthorEduard Heyck
TitleLukas Cranach
SeriesKünstlermonographien
Volume95
Place of PublicationBielefeld
Year of Publication1908
Link https://archive.org/details/lukascranach01heycgoog
Flechsig 1900 A 249, 279
AuthorEduard Flechsig
TitleCranachstudien
Volume1
Place of PublicationLeipzig
Year of Publication1900
Link page/n5/mode/2up
Woermann 1900 82, 83 35
AuthorKarl Woermann
TitleDie Dresdner Cranach-Ausstellung
JournalZeitschrift für bildende Kunst
IssueN.F. 11
Year of Publication1900
Exhib. Cat. Dresden 1899 85
EditorKarl Woermann
TitleDeutsche Kunstausstellung Dresden 1899. Abteilung Cranach-Ausstellung. Wissenschaftliches Verzeichnis der ausgestellten Werke
Place of PublicationDresden
Year of Publication1899
Link http://resolver.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/SBB00002A2400000000
Flechsig 1899 col. 341
AuthorEduard Flechsig
TitleDie Lösung der Pseudo-Grünewaldfrage
JournalKunstchronik
IssueN.F. 10
Year of Publication1899
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/kunstchronik1899/0177
Pages337-341
Philippi 1898 297
AuthorAdolf Philippi
TitleKunstgeschichtliche Einzeldarstellungen. Die Kunst des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland und den Niederlanden
Place of PublicationLeipzig
Year of Publication1898
Cat. Donaueschingen 1870 47
AuthorAlfred Woltmann
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen
Place of PublicationKarlsruhe
Year of Publication1870
  • Family of Wild Men, about 1530

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Technical studies

06. 2015Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

The underdrawing of this rather damaged painting is obscured by the finely painted dark outlines, and this inhibits a reliable interpretation and evaluation.

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2016]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

03.03.1994Scientific analysis

  • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species

Support

Identification of wood species: beech wood

Plank I: 138 annual rings, 1520-1383

The youngest annual ring is from 1520.

The panel is from the same tree as the planks from the linked panels.

[Klein report, 03.03.1994]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

1990Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography

Underdrawing

- the underdrawing is visible to the naked eye beneath the paint layers. It is executed with diluted ink and defines the contours of the figures. Not visible as discrete lines in the infrared reflectogram. However clear areas that have been held in reserve for figures are visible in the vegetation in the background, suggesting that work was delegated to specialists (painters of foliage, figures etc.)

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]

1988Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Dendrochronology / identification of wood species

Support

- a single plank, 0.6 cm thick. The youngest of the 138 annual rings dates from 1520. Taking account of the average seansoning time for beech wood (c. two to seven years) the panel could not have been painted before 1522.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

Condition Reports

Date1990

  • good condition

  • small scratches on the lion and the man's foot

  • the reverse is covered with cloth

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]

Conservation History

Date1956

conservation treatment after 1956 in Berlin.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 178]

Support made from the same tree

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