Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon

Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon

Title

Portrait of Philipp Melanchthon

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Half-length portrait of Philipp Melanchthon wearing a black gown and bearheaded. He faces 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: 20.8 x 14.7 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 20.8 x 14.7 cm

  • [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 80]

Signature / Dating
None
Owner
Sammlung Würth
Repository
Sammlung Würth
Location
Schwäbisch Hall
CDA ID
DE_SWK_6554
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DE_SWK_6554/

Provenance

  • the origin is unknown
  • since 1986 displayed in the gallery in Donaueschingen, before that in storage
    [Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]
  • acquired by the Würth collection in 2003
    [Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009, 6]

Exhibitions

  • Schwäbisch Hall 2004, No. 12b

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure / Plate
Cat. Schwäbisch Hall 2009 80 12b 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
Cat. Donaueschingen 1990 190 46B p. 191
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 Philipp Melanchthon, after 1530

Images

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Technical studies

06. 2015Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

- an underdrawing is not so clearly visible as on the pendant piece (DE_SWK_6553), however occasional fine lines can be observed (particularly in the hands and the nose)

Tools/Material:

- dry drawing material, dark chalk

Type/Ductus:

- except for the hands copied or traced underdrawing (not always clearly visible as it is frequently covered by the painted lines)

- thin lines

Function:

- binding for the final painted version; the lines delineate the main contours and describe essential details and facial features; no representation of volume

Deviations:

- minor correction were made to forms during the painting process; small changes e. g. the hands

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- Workshop Lucas Cranach the Elder

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

- single beech wood plank with 109 annual rings dating from between 1420 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

  • reverse smoothed and exhibits a black protective coating

[Cat. Donaueschingen 1990, 190]

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