Lucas Cranach the Elder
The Young Christ adored by Saint John the Baptist 《幼年基督受施洗者聖約翰朝拜》
The Property of a Gentleman
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kronach 1472 - 1553 Weimar
The Young Christ adored by Saint John the Baptist
signed lower left with the artist's device of a winged serpent with elevated wings, and dated: 1534
oil on panel
35.2 x 23.2 cm.; 13⅞ x 9⅛ in.
35.2 x 23.2 公分；13 ⅞ x 9 ⅛ 英寸
The following condition report is provided by Henry Gentle who is an external specialist and not an employee of Sotheby's:
Oil on panel, unframed
The panel support is possibly beech, it does not present immediately as oak.
The panel has been thinned, to mitigate worm damage and cradled.
The cradle exerts some degree of tension resulting in a small vertical hairline fracture, approximately 3cm in length, descending from the upper left edge.
Small narrow elongated depressions in the paint, a result of previous worm damage, are visible to the upper left corner and can be seen running vertically down through the face of Christ and in the background behind his shoulder.
The paint layer is stable and secure and in a good preserved state.
U-V light shows recent strengthening of the area through the waist of Christ and into the background adjacent.
Further minor strengthening can be detected to the more thinly painted areas of the background to the right of the cross and in the space between the legs of Christ and the lamb.
The paint through the sky is well preserved, likewise the skin tones to St.John and Christ. The animal skin of St.John and the textured paint to the lamb are in good original condition.
The fleshy leaves and the details to the foreground are well preserved and the date and monogram are untouched.
Many of the finer details to the faces, hands and feet are intact and the chromatic and tonal subtleties of the composition are unadulterated.
The varnish has slightly degraded the and the restoration is discoloured.
Their removal would appreciably improve the overall look of the composition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Edward R. Bacon (1848–1915), New York;
Albert Keller (1879–1939), New York, by 1928;
Mr and Mrs Drury W. Cooper, New Jersey, by circa 1935–40;
Thence by descent to John M. Cooper (b. 1939), Princeton;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby's, 12 January 1995, lot 10;
Where acquired for a private collection, USA;
Whence sold (‘Property from an American Private Collection’), New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 2016, lot 14;
Where acquired by the present owner.
M.J. Friedländer and J. Rosenberg, The Paintings of Lucas Cranach, London 1978, p. 114, no. 222, reproduced fig. 222;
D. Görres, in G. Heydenreich, D. Görres, and B. Wismer (eds), Lucas Cranach der Ältere: Meister, Marke, Moderne, exh. cat., Munich 2017, p. 174, no. 82, reproduced in colour p. 175.