A Stag Hunt

A Stag Hunt

Title

A Stag Hunt

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 412]

Painting on beech wood (probably)

Medium

Painting on beech wood (probably)

[cda 2013]

Wood

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 412]

Among the hunters depicted here are Ferdinand I, King of the Romans, on the left in the foreground, and the Elector of Saxony in the centre. On the other side of the river and holding a crossbow is the Electors wife Sibylla of Cleves. The episode takes place near the

Among the hunters depicted here are Ferdinand I, King of the Romans, on the left in the foreground, and the Elector of Saxony in the centre. On the other side of the river and holding a crossbow is the Electors wife Sibylla of Cleves. The episode takes place near the castle of Hartenfels in Torgau (Saxony) where the Elector, a supporter of the Reformation, had the first Lutheran church built. Ferdinand, who supported the Catholic cause, wears a chain of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

[Museo del Prado, Collection online; https://www.museodelprado.es/en/the-collection/art-work/hunt-at-the-castle-of-torgau-in-honour-of/cee07b59-b977-4ce9-9bab-ab506222ffb1; accessed 06 April 2017]

Attributions
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Younger

Attributions

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 412]

Lucas Cranach the Younger

[cda 2013]

Production date
1545

Production date

1545

[dated]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 118 cm x 177 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 118 cm x 177 cm

  • [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 412]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia on the rowing boat bottom right: winged serpent with dropped wings facing left and dated '.15.45.'; in yellow paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia on the rowing boat bottom right: winged serpent with dropped wings facing left and dated '.15.45.'; in yellow paint

  • [cda 2013]

Inscriptions and Labels
Recto: - bottom left: in white paint: '1124' - bottom right: in white paint over an inpaint: 'white lily motif' Verso : - …

Inscriptions and Labels

Inscriptions, Badges:

  • Recto: - bottom left:
  • in white paint: '1124'
  • - bottom right:
  • in white paint over an inpaint: 'white lily motif'
  • Verso :
  • - covered with a backboard
  • [cda 2013]
Owner
Museo Nacional del Prado
Repository
Museo Nacional del Prado
Location
Madrid
CDA ID
ES_MNdP_P02176
FR (1978) Nr.
FR412
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/ES_MNdP_P02176/

Provenance

  • Collection of Isabella Farnese, St-Il-defonso
    [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 412]
  • La Granja de San Ildefonso (inventory 1772 and 1794)
  • listed in Fernando VII's testament (1834)
  • recorded in the catalogue of the Real Museo de Pintura y Escultura de S. M. (1843)
    [Pérez d'Ors 2005, 19]

Exhibitions

Rome 2010, No. 1

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Dohe 2015 47, 48
AuthorSebastian Dohe
TitleAemulatio, Anspruch und Austausch. Cranachs Kunst im höfischen Dienst
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
Pages43-50
Exhib. Cat. Gotha, Kassel 2015 236
EditorJulia Carrasco, Justus Lange, Benjamin D. Spira, Timo Trümper, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha
TitleBild und Botschaft. Cranach im Dienst von Hof und Reformation, [Gotha, Herzogliches Museum; Kassel, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Schloss Wilhelmshöhe]
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Year of Publication2015
Hoppe-Harnoncourt 2015 157-160, 162, 163, 165 Figs. 3, 5
AuthorAlice Hoppe-Harnoncourt
TitleLucas Cranach der Jüngere? Überlegungen zu zwei datierten Werken aus dem Kunsthistoriachen Museum in Wien
Publicationin Elke E. Werner, Anne Eusterschulte, Gunnar Heydenreich, eds., Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die Reformation der Bilder
Place of PublicationMunich
Year of Publication2015
Pages154-167
Trümper 2015 23, 24 Fig. 7
AuthorTimo Trümper
TitleInszenierungsstrategien der Ernestiner
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
Pages17-28
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010 130 - 133 No. 1 Pl. p. 131, Pl. p. 133 (detail)
EditorGalleria Borghese, Rome, Anna Coliva, Bernard Aikema
TitleCranach. L'altro rinascimento / a different renaissance, [Rome, Galleria Borghese 15 ottobre 2010 - 13 febbraio 2011]
Place of PublicationMilan
Year of Publication2010
Pérez d'Ors 2005 6-18, 20
AuthorPablo Pérez d'Ors
TitleDos Cacerás de Lucas Cranach el Viejo en el Museo del Prado. Nuevos datos sobre las dos escenas de caza: historia material, obras similares y claves para su interpretación iconográfica e iconológica
JournalBoletín del Museo del Prado
Issue23, No.. 41
Year of Publication2005
Pages6-22
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 No. 412
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 90 331
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
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Technical studies

2013Technical Examination

Support

- panel consisting of 3 planks (varying in width) from top to bottom: 37, 39, 51.7 cm

Ground and Imprimatura

- off-white ground (probably a chalk/glue mixture)

- at the sides c. 0.4 cm of bare wood visible along the edge beyond which the ground doesn’t extend

- top and bottom seemingly trimmed

- numerous bubbles visible over the entire surface of the panel

Underdrawing

- extensive underdrawing is visible to the naked eye

- delicate, fine lines defining the forms – precise description of the animals with a single outline – rougher indication of the shape of the trees

- in many cases the underdrawing has not been strictly followed and is therefore visible through the thinned paint

Paint Layers and Gilding

- paint application varies from very thin to thicker application of paint particularly in the figures and flesh paint

- sequence typical of the Cranach workshop practice opaque green layer painted over a thin semi-transparent brown glaze with a wider brush then details of the foliage added subsequently generally as impasto strokes and often with a very fine pointed brush

- typical depiction of the sky with a transition from yellow, through pink to blue

- various textural effects achieved: highlights dabbed onto the tree trunk (stippling effect to reproduce the texture of the bark); elsewhere dry brush employed

Framing

- frame not original; reconstruction of a German renaissance frame 2004?

[cda 2013]

Condition Reports

Date2013

  • a cradle was attached to the reverse; the top and bottom of the panel may have been trimmed slightly

  • the panel has been thinned on the reverse

  • cradle removed and new system applied

  • old horizontal split at top

  • the joins have wooden inserts

  • wooded inserts also employed to stabilize splitting

[cda 2013]

Conservation History

Date2002

2002: cleaning; structural treatment carried out on the reverse; cradle removed and replaced with new support system

[cda 2013]

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