The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man

The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man

Titles

The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man

[Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]

The Ill-Matched Lovers

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 154]

Painting on beech wood

Medium

Painting on beech wood

[Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]

A young man is depicted standing behind a balustrade with his arm resting on the shoulder of a toothless old woman, who smiles at him and puts some coins in his hand.

[Herrschaft, cda 2014]

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]

Production date
about 1520 - 1522

Production date

about 1520 - 1522

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, 101, No. 154]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 31 x 0.5 cm

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 37.5 x 31 x 0.5 cm

  • [cda 2014]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the top right: serpent; in yellow paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the top right: serpent; in yellow paint

Owner
Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Repository
Szépmuvészeti Múzeum, Budapest
Location
Budapest
CDA ID
HU_SMB_137
FR (1978) Nr.
FR154
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/HU_SMB_137/

Provenance

  • 1659 in the collection of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, Brussels
  • Viennese Court Collection
  • 1770 Pozsony Palace, Bratislava
  • 1848 transferred by the Court chamber Committee (Buda, Budapest) to the Hungarian National Museum
    [Cat. Budapest 2003, 30-31]

Exhibitions

Berlin 1983, No. C 51
Rome 2010, No. 32
Düsseldorf 2017, No. 147

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Cat. Coburg 2018 201, fn. 8 under no. 44
AuthorKlaus Weschenfelder
TitleCranach in Coburg. Gemälde von Lucas Cranach d.Ä., Lucas Cranach d.J., der Werkstatt und des Umkreises in den Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg
Place of PublicationRegensburg
Year of Publication2018
Exhib. Cat. Düsseldorf 2017 247 No. 147
EditorGunnar Heydenreich, Daniel Görres, Beat Wismer
TitleLucas Cranach der Ältere. Meister - Marke - Moderne. [anlässlich der Ausstellung "Cranach. Meister - Marke - Moderne", Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, 08. April 2017 - 30. Juli 2017]
Place of PublicationMünchen
Year of Publication2017
Exhib. Cat. Rome 2010 234 - 236 No. 32 Pl. p. 236
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
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007 310-311 93 p. 311
EditorBodo Brinkmann
TitleCranach der Ältere, [Frankfurt, Städel Museum, 23 Nov 2007 - 17 Feb 2008]
Place of PublicationOstfildern
Year of Publication2007
Cat. Budapest 2003 30-31
EditorIldikó Ember, István Takács
TitleMuseum of Fine Arts Budapest. Old Masters' Gallery. Summary Catalogue, Vol. 3: German, Austrian, Bohemian and British Paintings
Volume3
Place of PublicationBudapest
Year of Publication2003
Exhib. Cat. Berlin 1983 216 No. C51
EditorAltes Museum, Berlin
TitleKunst der Reformationzeit
Place of PublicationBerlin
Year of Publication1983
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 101 No. 154 Fig. 154
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Stewart 1978 144-145 No. 14
AuthorAlison G. Stewart
TitleUnequal Lovers. A Study of Unequal Couples in Northern art
Place of PublicationNew York
Year of Publication1978
Cat. Budapest 1967 163-164
AuthorAndor Pigler
TitleKatalog der Galerie Alter Meister I-II
Place of PublicationBudapest
Year of Publication1967
Posse 1942 59
AuthorHans Posse
TitleLucas Cranach d. Ä.
Place of PublicationVienna
Year of Publication1942
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 131 Fig. 131
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
  • The Ill-Matched Couple: Old Woman and Young Man, about 1520 - 1522

Images

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Technical studies

06. 2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • UV-light photography
  • uv_light
  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner

06. 2014Technical examination / Scientific analysis

  • Infrared Reflectography
  • irr

Underdrawing

DESCRIPTION

Tools/Materials:

- fluid, black medium and brush; the initial design may have been roughly fixed (e. g. the hands) employing a dry material (chalk)?

Type/Ductus:

- freehand underdrawing

- thin to broader lines

Function:

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

Deviations:

- alterations made during the painting process to clearly define form

INTERPRETATION

Attribution:

- not possible

[Smith, Sandner, Heydenreich, cda 2014]

  • photographed by Gunnar Heydenreich
  • photographed by Ingo Sandner
  • reverse

Support

- beech wood panel made from a single plank

- oak wood additions on either side, each 5 cm in width: the addition is 2.5 cm wide and overlaps the reverse by 2.5 cm

[Herrschaft, cda 2014]

Condition Reports

Date2014 -

  • Craquelée particularly in the flesh paint and the lighter areas of the painting; these are primarily in the direction of the grain

  • the edges exhibit overpaint on all four sides (executed when the additions were attached)

  • examined by Jana Herrschaft

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