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image of Portrait of a Woman Lucas Cranach the Elder (artist)
German, 1472 - 1553
Portrait of a Woman, 1522
oil on panel
painted surface: 58 x 39.8 cm (22 13/16 x 15 11/16 in.) support: 58.7 x 40.5 cm (23 1/8 x 15 15/16 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: 15th and Early 16th-Century Germany
Object 8 of 8

Conservation Notes

The panel is composed of two boards with grain running horizontally. Dendrochronological examination by Peter Klein provided dates of 1346-1475 and 1365-1516 for the boards.[1] A barbe is present along all four sides. The panel has been thinned and an auxiliary support, estimated to be mahogany, was added prior to cradling. Examination with infrared reflectography did not reveal underdrawing. As in the companion portrait, the background is applied in a sequence of layers: light brown to light green to dark green glazes.

The painting is in good condition, with scattered retouching throughout, noticeably on the edges and along the join line.

[1] Klein, examination report, 10 April 1987, in NGA curatorial files.

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