Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

Title

Martin Luther, half-length, facing right

[KKL 2022]

Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.)

Medium

Painting on beech wood (Fagus sp.)

[Klein, report, 22.06.2020]

See German text version

Attribution
Lucas Cranach the Elder

Attribution

Lucas Cranach the Elder

[City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, revised 2017] [cda 2022]

Production date
1525

Production date

1525

[dated, KKL 2022]

Dimensions
Dimensions of support: 40.5 x 27.4 cm x 1.0 cm (rebate 4.5 mm)

Dimensions

  • Dimensions of support: 40.5 x 27.4 cm x 1.0 cm (rebate 4.5 mm)

  • [KKL 2022]

Signature / Dating
Artist's insignia at the right edge of the panel above the sitter's proper left shoulder: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1525'; in black paint

Signature / Dating

  • Artist's insignia at the right edge of the panel above the sitter's proper left shoulder: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1525'; in black paint

  • [KKL 2022]

Inscriptions and Labels
Labels attached to reverse: Two labels from Nottingham Castle Museum as lent by Duke of Newcastle 1897; one label identifying the …

Inscriptions and Labels

Stamps, Seals, Labels:

  • Labels attached to reverse: Two labels from Nottingham Castle Museum as lent by Duke of Newcastle 1897; one label identifying the work as by Cranach, of Luther; Inventory number in red paint.
Owner
City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
Repository
City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol
Location
Bristol
CDA ID
UK_BMAG_K1650
FR (1978) Nr.
FR-none
KKL-No
III.M7, Part of portait group III
Persistent Link
https://lucascranach.org/en/UK_BMAG_K1650/

Provenance

  • inherited from the Duke of Newcastle by the Earl of Lincoln
  • 1939 bought by F. P. M. Schiller from H. A. Buttery who acquired it on the 1st of April of the same year at Christie's (Lot 12)
    [Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007, p. 192]

Exhibitions

London 2008

Literature

Reference on page Catalogue Number Figure/Plate
Exhib. Cat. Frankfurt 2007 192, 193 40 Pl. p. 193
EditorBodo Brinkmann
TitleCranach der Ältere, [Frankfurt, Städel Museum, 23 Nov 2007 - 17 Feb 2008]
Place of PublicationOstfildern
Year of Publication2007
Hinz 1993 71 f.
AuthorBerthold Hinz
TitleLucas Cranach d. Ä.
Place of PublicationReinbek near Hamburg
Year of Publication1993
Exhib. Cat. Basel 1974/1976 296 179, 180 (u.)
AuthorDieter Koepplin, Tilman Falk
TitleLukas Cranach. Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik
Volume1, 2
Place of PublicationBasel, Stuttgart
Year of Publication1974
Link http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:16-diglit-104522
Levey, White 1961 487
AuthorMichael Levey, Chistopher White
TitleThe German Exhibition at Manchester.
JournalBurlington Magazine
Issue103, No. 705 (December 1961)
Year of Publication1961

Description/ Interpretation/ Comments

This closely observed portrait of Luther was painted in 1525, the year of Luther's marriage to Katharina von Bora. It is one of a series of similar portraits which date from 1525 or 1526, and some of theae are accompanied by a pendant portrait of Katharina, suggesting that the present picture may also have been one of a pair. Luther's expression is restrained and calm, lending the sitter gravitas and legitimizing his marriage and his position as a leader of the European Reformation.

[City Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol, revised 2017]

  • Martin Luther, half-length, facing right, 1525

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