Portrait of Martin Luther

Portrait of Martin Luther

Title

Portrait of Martin Luther

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Half-length portrait of Martin Luther wearing a black gown and a beret, facing left against a blue background.

[Görres, cda 2015]

Attribution
Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Production dates
after 1530
after 1532

Production dates

after 1530

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

after 1532

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 20.7 x 14.8 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 20.7 x 14.8 cm

  • [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Signature / Dating
None
Owner
Sammlung Würth
Repository
Sammlung Würth
Location
Schwäbisch Hall
CDA ID
DE_SWK_6553
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SWK_6553/

Provenance

  • the origin of this panel is not known
  • since 1986 on display in the gallery Donaueschingen before then in storage
    [Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]
  • acquired by the Würth collection in 2003
    [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 6]

Exhibitions

  • Schwäbisch Hall 2004, No. 12a

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009 80 12a p. 81
EditorC. Sylvia Weber
TitleAlte Meister in der Sammlung Würth. Der ehemals Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Bilderschatz
Place of PublicationSchwäbisch Hall
Issue2nd revised edition
Year of Publication2009
Klein 1994 A 200 Tab. 10
AuthorPeter Klein
TitleLucas Cranach und seine Werkstatt. Holzarten und dendrochronologische Analyse
Publicationin Claus Grimm, Johannes Erichsen, Evamaria Brockhoff, eds.,Lucas Cranach. Ein Maler-Unternehmer aus Franken, Exhib. Cat. Kronach 1994
SeriesVeröffentlichungen zur bayerischen Geschichte und Kultur
Volume26
Place of PublicationAugsburg, Coburg
Year of Publication1994
Pages194-200
Cat. Donaueschingen 1990 190 46A p. 190
AuthorClaus Grimm, Bernd Konrad
TitleDie Fürstenberg Sammlungen Donaueschingen. Altdeutsche und schweizerische Malerei des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication1990
  • Portrait of Martin Luther, after 1530

Images

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Technical studies

06. 2015Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- dry drawing material, dark chalk?

Type/Ductus:

- economic traced or copied underdrawing

- thin lines

Function:

- binding for the final painted version; lines delineate contours and describe the facial features; no representation of volume with hatching-strokes

Deviations:

- minor alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form; no changes

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- Cranach workshop

Comments:

- transferred from a pre-existing design

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2016]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

1990Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography

Underdrawing

- an underdrawing is not visible

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]

1988Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Identification of wood species / Dendrochronology

Support

- a single panel with 106 annual rings. The curve of the annual rings is located between 1423 and 1528. The panel could not have been painted before 1530.

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]

  • analysed by Peter Klein

Condition Reports

Date1990

  • in good condition

  • the reverse has been smoothed and exhibits a black protective coating

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]

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