Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Title

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

Painting on wood

Medium

Painting on wood

[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

Lucas Cranach the Elder shows Judith triumphant after she has decapitated the enemy general that besieged her city with his own sword. The artist effectively contrasts the heroine's calm, steadfast gaze with Holofernes' agonized features. Cranach underscores the dramatic tension pervading the painting by the juxtaposition of the exposed, severed

Lucas Cranach the Elder shows Judith triumphant after she has decapitated the enemy general that besieged her city with his own sword. The artist effectively contrasts the heroine's calm, steadfast gaze with Holofernes' agonized features. Cranach underscores the dramatic tension pervading the painting by the juxtaposition of the exposed, severed neck with Judith's exquisitely detailed dress and jewelry, as well as by the way her fingers delicately twine through her victim's curly hair. The multiple slits in her sleeves and gloves emphasize the actions of cutting and slicing.

[http://www.museoarteponce.org/coleccion_gal/encuentros-con-europa/2/44/1/1/] (accessed 24.04.2013)

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

Production dates
about 1520 - 1537
about 1520

Production dates

about 1520 - 1537

[Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

about 1520

[Kuhn, Exhib. Cat. Cambridge Mass 1936, 85]

1527 - 1537

[Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 87 x 82.6 cm (34 1/4 x 32 ' in)

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 87 x 82.6 cm (34 1/4 x 32 ' in)

  • [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

  • Dimensions of support: 85 x 58 cm

  • [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings facing left

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the bottom right: winged serpent with elevated wings facing left

  • [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

Owner
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Repository
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Location
Ponce
CDA ID
PR_MAP_60-0143
FR (1978) Nr.
FR230F
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/PR_MAP_60-0143/

Provenance

  • New York, Satinover Galleries

  • Minneapolis (Minnesota), Collection John Russel Vanderlip
    [Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979, No. 230F]

  • purchased from Frederic A. Stern, Inc. NY in May 11, 1960
    [Museo de Arte de Ponce, revised 2013]

Exhibitions

Minneapolis 1929, No. 34 (Lent by Mr. Vanderlip)

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Auct. Cat. New York 2005 176-177
EditorSotheby's Auction House, New York
TitleImportant Old Master Paintings, Sotheby's New York, 27 Jan
Place of PublicationNew York
Year of Publication2005
Auct. Cat. London 2003 44, 45 Nos. 44, 45
EditorChristie's Fine Art Auction House, London
TitleOld Master Pictures, Christie's London, October 29
Place of PublicationLondon
Year of Publication2003
Roethlisberger et al. 2002 164 No. 71
AuthorMarimar Benitez, Marcel Roethlisberger, Hiromi Shiba
Title100 masterpieces. Museo de Arte de Ponce
Place of PublicationPonce
Year of Publication2002
Auct. Cat. New York 1999 A 130 No. 114 [?]
EditorChristie's Fine Art Auction House, New York
TitleImportant Old Master Paintings, Christie's New York, 25.05.1999
Place of PublicationNew York
Year of Publication1999
Auct. Cat. New York 1999 B 98-99 No. 76
EditorSotheby's Auction House, New York
TitleImportant Old Master Paintings, Sotheby's New York, 28.05.1999
Place of PublicationNew York
Year of Publication1999
Auct. Cat. London 1998 22 No. 15
EditorSotheby's Auction House, London
TitleOld Master Paintings, Sotheby's London, December 1998
Place of PublicationLondon
Year of Publication1998
Borobia et al. 1993 41-42
AuthorMar Borobia, Tomas Llorens Serra, Concha Vela
TitleGuia del Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Place of PublicationMadrid
Year of Publication1993
Cat. Cambridge Mass. 1990 424
AuthorEdgar Peter Bowron
TitleEuropean Paintings before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum. Summary catalog
Place of PublicationCambridge Mass.
Year of Publication1990
Exhib. Cat. London 1989 Pl. 28
EditorHarari & Johns Ltd
TitleSix Centuries of Old Master Paintings
Place of PublicationLondon
Year of Publication1989
Cat. Ponce 1984 78-79
AuthorJulius S. Held
TitleMuseo de Arte de Ponce. Fundacion Luis A. Ferre. Paintings and sculpture of the European and American schools
Place of PublicationPonce
Year of Publication1984
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1979 No. 230F
AuthorMax J. Friedländer, Jakob Rosenberg
EditorG. Schwartz
TitleDie Gemälde von Lucas Cranach
Place of PublicationBasel, Boston, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1979
Cat. Ponce 1965 45
AuthorJulius S. Held
TitleCatalogue 1. Paintings of the European and American schools
Place of PublicationPonce
Year of Publication1965
Held 1961 316 Fig. 26
AuthorJulius S. Held
TitleA New Museum in Ponce
JournalBurlington Magazine
Issue103
Year of Publication1961
Pages316
Exhib. Cat. Cambridge, Mass. 1936 No. 85
AuthorCharles L. Kuhn
EditorGermanic Museum, Cambridge, Mass.
TitleCatalogue of the Germanic Museum exhibition of German paintings of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Lent from American collections
Place of PublicationCambridge Mass.
Year of Publication1936
Kuhn 1936 36 085
AuthorCharles L. Kuhn
TitleA Catalogue of German Paintings of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in American Collections
Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
Year of Publication1936
MIA 1935 114, 118
Authorn. a.
JournalBulletin of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Issue24
Year of Publication1935
Kuhn 1933/1934 105 Fig. 21
AuthorCharles L. Kuhn
TitlePaintings by L. Cranach in Minneapolis
JournalArt in America
Issue22
Year of Publication1933
Pages101-109
Friedländer, Rosenberg 1932 190f
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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