Portrait of Katharina of Bora, Martin Luther's wife

Portrait of Katharina of Bora, Martin Luther's wife

Title

Portrait of Katharina of Bora, Martin Luther's wife

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

Painting on limewood

Medium

Painting on limewood

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

[...] a woman with poise and taxing gaze for the viewer, her dress is laced beneath the chest, her hair firmly parted [...] and hidden beneath a bonnet, that also covers her neck.

[Löcher, in Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

Attributions
Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attributions

Copy after Lucas Cranach the Elder

[cda 2015]

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

Production dates
about 1600 or later
after 1528

Production dates

about 1600 or later

[cda 2015]

after 1528

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

1528

[date probably not genuine, cda 2022]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 26.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 26.5 cm

  • [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 73]

Signature / Dating
Arrtist's insignia at the bottom left, centre: winged serpent with elevated wings; in black paint, probably not genuine

Signature / Dating

  • Arrtist's insignia at the bottom left, centre: winged serpent with elevated wings; in black paint, probably not genuine

  • [cda 2015]

Owner
Sammlung Würth
Repository
Sammlung Würth
Location
Schwäbisch Hall
CDA ID
DE_SWK_6550
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SWK_6550/

Provenance

  • Fürstenberg property
  • until 1838 in Schloss Heiligenberg
    [Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 186]
  • acquired by the Würth collection in 2003
    [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 6]

Exhibitions

Schwäbisch Hall 2004, no. 9

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009 73 9 p. 75
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 186 43 p. 187
AuthorClaus Grimm, Bernd Konrad
TitleDie Fürstenberg Sammlungen Donaueschingen. Altdeutsche und schweizerische Malerei des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication1990
Lynar 1987 14
AuthorErnst Wilhelm Graf zu Lynar
TitleNeues aus den Fürstenberg Sammlungen in Donaueschingen
JournalFürstenberger Waldbote
Issue33
Year of Publication1987
Pages14
  • Portrait of Katharina of Bora, Martin Luther's wife, about 1600 or later

Images

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Technical studies

06. 2015Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

- An underdrawing is not readily visible. However, fine lines (stylus or other hard drawing material?) are occasionally visible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2016]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

1990Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography

Underdrawing

- weak indication of underdrawing

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 186]

1988Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

Identification of wood species: Tilia spec.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 186]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

Condition Reports

Date1990

  • treated vertical split through the right side of the face

  • otherwise limited retouching

  • the reverse has been cradled; originally smooth; wood colour very similar to cat. nos. 44 and 45 [DE_SWK_6551 and DE_SWK_6552]

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 186]

Conservation History

Date1838

Conservation treatment by Mattenheimer.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 186]

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