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    Sale 2769

    Old Master Pictures and Drawings

    14 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 144

    Circle of Lucas Cranach II (Wittenberg 1515-1586 Weimar)

    'Christ suffering the Children to come unto Him'

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Circle of Lucas Cranach II (Wittenberg 1515-1586 Weimar)
    'Christ suffering the Children to come unto Him'
    inscribed 'VND SIE BRACHTEN KINDLIN ZV IM DAS ER SIE ANRVRETE. MARCVS AM X.' (upper edge)
    oil on panel
    82.6 x 121.8 cm.


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    The subject 'Christ suffering the Children to come unto Him' is mentioned three times in the records of Elector John Frederick the Magnanimous (1503-1554) who was one of the main patrons of Cranach II and his studio. Various compositions exist depicting the figures, three-quarter-length, with Christ in the middle surrounded by the children and their mothers. The present composition appears to be another variation on this popular subject.

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