Madonna and Child, Lucas Cranach the Elder
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Madonna and Child
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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Madonna and Child, 1509


Dimensions
120.0 x 43.5 x min. 0.7 cm
maximum depth
1.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Inventory Number
1398
Object Number
1398D
Acquisition
Purchased in 1906 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the City of Frankfurt am Main, and donations
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters

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About the Acquisition

Among the earliest major commissions which Lucas Cranach the Elder carried out in 1509 as court painter to the Electorate of Saxony was the so-called Torgau Altar. The altar was acquired with the help of several sponsors in 1906 at the auction of the Molinier Collection in Paris. The money required to secure this magnificent work for Frankfurt was provided jointly by the City of Frankfurt, private art lovers, the Städelscher Museums-Verein and the recently founded Carl Schaub'sche Stiftung. For Cranach researchers, its arrival at the museum was a small sensation: although the altar clearly bore the signature of the master himself, the work was previously unknown in the relevant literature on the artist.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Madonna and Child
Painter
Altar
The Holy Kinship (so-called "Torgau Altarpiece")
Part Number / Total
4 / 5
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on limewood
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Purchased in 1906 with funds provided by Carl Schaub-Stiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., the City of Frankfurt am Main, and donations

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 11F41 Madonna: Mary standing (or half-length), Christ-child close to her bosom
Associative
  • 48C24(+3511) piece of sculpture, reproduction of a piece of sculpture (+ grisaille)

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Last update

14.10.2021