Lucas CRANACH (1474-1553), Atelier de.

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Lucas CRANACH (1474-1553), Atelier de.


Saintye Catherine.
She is depicted in mid-body, slightly three-quarter length, with the traditional attributes of her martyrdom, sword in her left hand and wheel under her right hand.
Oil on panel.
Pretty Renaissance style wooden frame with carved pediment and pilasters with floral motifs.
33 x 23 cm
Presumed provenance : On the reverse, a label printed by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art reads "From the coll. of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mac Aulay/L. 77.3.7».
Our portrait of Young woman as Saint Catherine for her sumptuous contemporary dress will be compared to that of a young woman with a large white feathered hat (around 1530) of similar dimensions (40 x 27 cm); CP) which, according to the historian Guido Messling, seem to correspond to a type of "idealized portraits of young girls in court dress" which appear from about 1525 onwards, and which are characterized by "the almost systematic small format, the neutral black background (except for rare windows with a view) and a half or full-length framing" (Cf. Catalogue of the exhibition The Universe of Lucas Cranach, Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, October 2010-January 2011; n°116, p.213).
The puffy elements on the sleeves just below the shoulder and at the elbow, carefully shaded white in the folds and enriched with fine black braiding, are found in various portraits of young women by Lucas Cranach, including the Judith (ca. 1530) in the Vienna Museum.
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