Portrait of a scholar (Otto Brunfels?)

Portrait of a scholar (Otto Brunfels?)

Title

Portrait of a scholar (Otto Brunfels?)

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 66]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 66]

The male portrait depicts the pensive head of a scholar, perhaps that of the protestant theologian, doctor, teacher and botanist Otto Brunfels (1488-1534) [...].

[Löcher, in Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 66]

Attribution
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 64]

Production dates
about 1520
about 1530 - 1535

Production dates

about 1520

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 66]

about 1520 - 1525

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]

about 1530 - 1535

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 350]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 42 x 27.6 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 42 x 27.6 cm

  • [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 66]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia top left: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right, in yellow paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia top left: winged serpent with elevated wings, facing right, in yellow paint

  • [cda 2015]

Owner
Sammlung Würth
Repository
Sammlung Würth
Location
Schwäbisch Hall
CDA ID
DE_SWK_6547
FR (1978) Nr.
FR350
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SWK_6547/

Provenance

  • property of the Fürstenberg collection, according to Feurstein, in Cat. Donaueschingen 1934 probably arrived from Count Wilhelm of Fürstenberg, 1499-1549, Ortenberg near Offenburg and Strasbourg (Kinzigtaler branch), to the main branch. Count Wilhelm was the only one to convert to reformation ideas.
    [Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]
  • acquired by the Würth collection in 2003
    [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 6]

Exhibitions

  • Erfurt 1903, No. 29
  • Heidelberg 1986, Nr. c8
  • Schwäbisch Hall 2004, No. 6

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009 66 6 p. 67
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. Donaueschingen 1990 182 41 p. 183
AuthorClaus Grimm, Bernd Konrad
TitleDie Fürstenberg Sammlungen Donaueschingen. Altdeutsche und schweizerische Malerei des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication1990
Kopplin 1986 173 c8
AuthorMonika Kopplin
TitleMalerei
Publicationin Die Renaissance im deutschen Südwesten zwischen Reformation und Dreißigjährigem Krieg, Ausstellung des Badischen Landesmuseums Karlsruhe im Schloss Heidelberg, Vol. 1
Place of PublicationKarlsruhe
Year of Publication1986
Pages149-239
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 96 B
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Cat. Donaueschingen 1934 16-17
EditorHeinrich Feuerstein
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationDonaueschingen
Issue4th edition
Year of Publication1934
Link https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/feurstein1934/0001/image,info
Merckling 1934 1053-1054
AuthorAlbert Merckling
TitleOtto Brunfels. Stadtarzt in Bern, 1488-1534
JournalSchweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift
Issue64, No. 46
Year of Publication1934
Pages1053-1054
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 350
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 16
AuthorHeinrich Feurstein
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationDonaueschingen
Issue3rd edition
Year of Publication1921
Cat. Donaueschingen 1909 42
AuthorGeorg Tumbült
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichnis der Gemälde
Place of PublicationStuttgart
Issue2nd edition
Year of Publication1909
Exhib. Cat. Erfurt 1903 6 029
EditorOskar Doering
TitleKatalog der kunstgeschichtlichen Ausstellung zu Erfurt, September 1903
Place of PublicationMagdeburg
Year of Publication1903
Link https://archive.org/details/katalogderkunstg00ange/page/n1/mode/2up
Exhib. Cat. Dresden 1899 088
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
Cat. Donaueschingen 1870 47
AuthorAlfred Woltmann
TitleFürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen zu Donaueschingen. Verzeichniss der Gemälde
Place of PublicationKarlsruhe
Year of Publication1870
Link https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101067654341&view=1up&seq=3
  • Portrait of a scholar (Otto Brunfels?), about 1520

Images

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Technical studies

1990Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography

Underdrawing

- scant underdrawing; the contours of the beret deviate from the painted version

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]

1988Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

According to the beech wood chronology for Lucas Cranach and his workshop the youngest annual ring dates from 1518. Assuming only the bark was removed then the tree was felled in the year 1518. Taking the average seasoning period of 2 to 7 years into account the panel could not have been painted before 1520.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

Condition Reports

Date1990

  • background overpainted and retouched

  • the paint has faded on the right side of nose

  • otherwise in good condition

  • reverse smoothed

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]

Conservation History

Date1838

Conservation treatment by Mattenheimer.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 182]

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