Portrait of Martin Luther

Portrait of Martin Luther

Title

Portrait of Martin Luther

[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Portrait of Martin Luther. He is wearing a black coat and a hat and he is painted on a blue/greyish background.

[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Production date
1532

Production date

1532

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 37.0 x 23.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 37.0 x 23.5 cm

  • Dimensions including frame: 52.5 x 23.5 cm

  • [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the left edge, centre: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1532'; in black paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the left edge, centre: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1532'; in black paint

  • [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Owner
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Repository
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Location
Copenhagen
CDA ID
DK_SMK_KMSsp720
FR (1978) Nr.
FR314A
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/DK_SMK_KMSsp720/

Provenance

  • 1674: The Royal Art Chamber
    [Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Exhibitions

Copenhagen 2002
Hamburg 2003, No. 44
Rosenborg 2010

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Poulsen 2015 A 68, 69 Fig. 3
Author / EditorHanne Kolind Poulsen
TitleCranachs Bildsprache und der neue lutherische Glaube
Publicationin Julia Carrasco, Justus Lange, Benjamin D. Spira, Timo Trümper, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha and Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, eds., Bild und Botschaft. Cranach im Dienst von Hof und Reformation, [Exhib. Cat. Gotha, Kassel]
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Year of Publication2015
Pages63-71
Wadum 2015 193, 194 Fig. 1
Author / EditorJorgen Wadum
TitleCranach, His Sons, and Their Workshop. the Never-ending Problem of Hands (Part I)
Publicationin Elke E. Werner, Anne Eusterschulte, Gunnar Heydenreich, eds., Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Reformation der Bilder
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages191-199
Exhib. Cat. Copenhagen 2010
Author / EditorJutta Kappel, Claudia Brink
TitleTro, styrke, kaerlighed. Danmark og Sachsen - aegteskaber, politiske og kulturelle forbindelser (1548-1709) [Rosenborg slott, Copenhagen, 16.2 - 24.5 2010, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Residenzschloss, Dresden, 24.8 2009 - 4.1 2010]
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Year of Publication2010
Poulsen 2007 A Fig. p. 210
Author / EditorHanne Kolind Poulsen
TitleBetween convention, likeness and iconicity. Cranach's portraits and Luther's thoughts on images
Publicationin Andreas Tacke, ed., Lucas Cranach 1553/2003. Wittenberger Tagungsbeiträge anlässlich des 450. Todesjahres Lucas Cranachs des Älteren
Place of PublicationLeipzig
Year of Publication2007
Pages205-216
Poulsen 2007 B 28 Fig.
Author / EditorHanne Kolind Poulsen
TitleAt brande Frederik 2. om Melchior Lorcks kobberstik-portraet af Frederik 2., Branding king Frederik II
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Year of Publication2007
Tacke 2007 D 210 Fig. 3; Fig. p. 210
Author / EditorAndreas Tacke
TitleLucas Cranach 1553 - 2003. Wittenberger Tagungsbeiträge anlässlich des 450. Todesjahres Lucas Cranachs des Älteren
Place of PublicationLeipzig
Year of Publication2007
Exhib. Cat. Hamburg 2003 56, 175 44 Pl. 44
Author / EditorBucerius Kunst Forum, Werner Schade
TitleLucas Cranach. Glaube, Mythologie und Moderne [Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg]
Place of PublicationOstfildern-Ruit
Year of Publication2003
Exhib. Cat. Copenhagen 2002 59-60, 69 No. 41 Fig. p. 60
Author / EditorHanne Kolind Poulsen
TitleCranach [Statens Museum for Kunst , Copenhagen]
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Year of Publication2002
Gundestrup 1991 18 (Vol. 1) No. 642/27-28 (Vol. 1) Fig. p. 19 (Vol. 1)
Author / EditorBente Gundestrup
TitleDet Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737
Volume1-3
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Year of Publication1991
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 No. 314A
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg, G. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 252i
Author / EditorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1932
Link http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/friedlaender1932
Hertz 1924 364
Author / EditorPeter Hertz
TitleDen kongelige Malerisamlings Tilblivelse
SeriesKunstmuseets Aarsskrift
Volume8 - 10
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
Year of Publication1924
Pages115-137
Madsen [n. d.] 33f. Fig.
Author / EditorKarl Madsen
TitleCranach-Portrætter i Kunstmuseet
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
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Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

- an underdrawing is not readily visible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich cda 2014]

  • photographed by Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

2013Technical examination / Scientific analysis

Support

The wooden support has a thickness of 6 mm.

The back of the panel are slightly bevelled at all four sides and there are horizontal marks from a plane.

The wooden panel curves outward in the vertical direction.

There are vertical cracks visible in the surface of the painting.

The painting has lots of holes from inactive wood worm attacks.

The back of the panel has been impregnated with wax.

Paint Layers and Gilding

The painting is painted with oil paint and has natural ageing cracks all over the surface.

There has been applied a new varnish on top of an old one. Some scratches in the underlying old varnish are visible through the new varnish.

Framing

The frame is a black painted wooden frame and partly gilded.

The frame has open joints in the corners, lots of scratches, small paint losses and old retouches.

The frame has lots of holes from woodworm. The attack is inactive.

Unknown whether the frame is the original.

[Statens Museum for Kunst, revised 2013]

Condition Reports

Date04.02.2010

  • examined by Henrietta Havsteen-Mikkelsen

Date05.12.2008

  • examined by Henriette Heyn Olesen

Date25.03.2003

  • examined by Henrik Bjerre

Date01. 1966

  • examined by Ole Alkærsig

Conservation History

Date06. 2010

  • treatment of frame
  • conservation treatment by Anne Haack Christensen

Date03. 2002

  • conservation treatment by L. B.

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