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The Virgin with the Child, Saint John and Three Angels
Cranach the Elder, Lucas
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Cranach the Elder, Lucas

Kronach (Germany), 1472 - Weimar (Germany), 1553

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The Virgin with the Child, Saint John and Three Angels

1536. Oil on panel Not on display

One of Cranach´s customary compositions with the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child on her lap. Jesus takes some grapes from the hands of young Saint John while three angels hold a finely wrinkled red cloth behind them, forming a sort of canopy. A landscape at the upper left of the painting recalls the artist´s training in the Danube school. This work is outstanding for its firm drawing, the predominance of line over color and the elegant play of curves, counter-curves and undulations in the characters´ hair. The light dilutes some profiles and slight sfumato effects create a certain degree of melancholy in the midst of this joyous scene.

Technical data

Inventory number
P007440
Author
Cranach the Elder, Lucas
Title
The Virgin with the Child, Saint John and Three Angels
Date
1536
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
Height: 121.3 cm.; Width: 83.4 cm.
Provenance
Duchess of Valencia, 1980; Juan Abelló Gallo, 1988; acquired by the State as a non-recourse debt in 1988.

Bibliography +

P. M., F., En el palacio de los Duques de Valencia, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 1921, pp. 146.

Jung, H., Traubenmadonnen und Weinheilige, Duisburg, 1964, pp. 12-15.

Friedländer, Max J., The paintings of Lucas Cranach, Sotheby's Parke Bennet, 1978, pp. 115.

Christensen, C.C., Princes and Propaganda: Electoral Saxon Art of the Reformation, Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, Kirksville, 1992.

Luna, Juan J., Guia Actualizada del Prado, Alfiz, Madrid, 1995, pp. 8.

Museo del Prado, Últimas adquisiciones: 1982-1995, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995, pp. 96-98.

Noble, Bonnie-Jeanne, The Lutheran Paintings of the Cranach Workshop. 1529-1555 (Tésis doctoral), Ann Arbor, Illinois, 1998, pp. 319-388.

Noble, Bonnie, Lucas Cranach the Elder: Art and Devotion of the German Reformation, University Press of America, Maryland, 2009, pp. 163-197.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2224.
Autor: Cranach 'el Viejo', Lucas / 2224. Título: La Virgen con el Niño, San Juan Bautista y ángeles. / Tipo de obra: Pintura / Medidas: 1,213 X 0,834 m / Técnica/Soporte: óleo sobre tabla / Nº de catálogo: P-07440 / Observaciones: Firmado y fechado '1536/-(dragón)' a la izquierda, sobre el muro, debajo del paisaje. / Adquirido por el Estado a D. Juan Abelló Gallo en pago de deuda tributaria del IRPF 1987, en 60.000.000 Pts. Ingresó en el Museo el 20-VI-88

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Update date: 06-07-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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