• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 170

    Attributed to the Master of the Mass of Saint Gregory (German, active c. 1523-1548)

    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black hat, a white shirt with a gold-trimmed lace collar and a fur-lined mantle, a draped green curtain behind

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    Attributed to the Master of the Mass of Saint Gregory (German, active c. 1523-1548)
    Portrait of a gentleman, bust-length, in a black hat, a white shirt with a gold-trimmed lace collar and a fur-lined mantle, a draped green curtain behind
    inscribed and dated 'AÑO ETATiS SVE 29½ : ADi·5· iVNY ·1 5 2 6' (upper right)
    oil on panel
    15½ x 13 in. (39.4 x 33 cm.)


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    This portrait appears to identifiable with the panel recorded by Friedländer and Rosenberg (op. cit., 1932 and 1978), which is more extended in format, showing the sitter's crossed hands.
    The attribution was first put forward by Friedländer, on the basis of stylistic comparison with the portrait-like heads in two panels depicting The Mass of Pope Gregory, commissioned by Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg for the Collegiate Church in Halle: 'where we find the same chubby bodies, the rigid posture of the heads and even such conspicuously exaggerated details as window bars reflected in the pupils of the eyes' (op. cit., 1978).

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    Provenance

    Mrs E. Bayer, Comtesse Sala; Her sale, Charpentier, Paris, 19 May 1933, lot 13.
    with Ehrich Gallery, New York.
    with Gallery Scheidwimmer, Munich.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 6 July 2000, lot 4.


    Literature

    (Probably) M.J. Friedländer, J. Rosenberg, Die Gemälde von Lucas Cranach, Berlin, 1932, p. 98, no. 365, illus., as 'Der Meister der Gregorsmessen (?)'.
    (Probably) M.J. Friedländer, J. Rosenberg, The Paintings of Lucas Cranach, London, 1978, p. 161, supp. 15.