LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER AND WORKSHOP | SAINT CHRISTOPHER WITH THE CHRIST CHILD CROSSING A STREAM
60,000 - 80,000 GBP
Property from a Private Collection
LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER AND WORKSHOP
Kronach 1472 - 1553 Weimar
SAINT CHRISTOPHER WITH THE CHRIST CHILD CROSSING A STREAM
oil on panel
unframed: 48.8 x 35 cm.; 19¼ x 13¾ in.
framed: 63 x 48.7 cm.; 24⅞ x 19¼ in.
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The panel is uncradled, very slightly bowed, and there is evidence of historic vertical splits, formerly supported on the reverse with vertical battens, which have now been removed, and the reverse planed.
These repaired splits are also visible in raking light. The painted surface is relatively clean with a clear varnish. There is evidence of frame abrasion along all four margins, and some areas of the painted surface have thinned slightly, revealing the extensive underdrawing - in the figure of the nymph, lower right, for example. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals vertical lines of retouching along the aforementioned repaired splits, and along all four margins. Pinprick retouchings are scattered throughout, more notably in areas of the water. More concentrated retouchings appear in the face of the nymph; in the back of the sea creature, lower left; and in Saint Christopher's face and beard. None of these distract from the legibility of the image, and the painting presents well in its current state, and ready to hang.
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Pastor Adolf Glitza, Hamburg, 1893;
Mrs Meyer-Glitza, Hamburg, 1932;
Anonymous sale, Berlin, Graupe, 10 December 1932, lot 96;
By descent until sold, Amsterdam, Christie's, 10 November 2008, lot 124, where acquired by the present owner post-sale.
M.J. Friedländer and J. Rosenberg, Die Gemälde von Lucas Cranach, Berlin 1932, p. 48, cat. no. 96, reproduced (as Cranach the Elder);
M.J. Friedländer and J. Rosenberg, The Paintings of Lucas Cranach, London 1978, p. 91, cat. no. 109, reproduced (as Cranach the Elder, circa 1518–20);
K. Chamonikola, Pod znamením okrídleného hada. Lucas Cranach a ceské zeme, exh. cat., Prague 2005, p. 110, under cat. no. 27;
Cranach Digital Archive: http://lucascranach.org/PRIVATE_NONE-P009 (as Cranach the Elder).
London, Greenwich, The Queen's House, National Maritime Museum, on loan October 2018 – December 2019.