• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 315

    Studio of Lucas Cranach the Elder (Kronach 1472-1553 Weimar)

    The Garden of Eden

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    Studio of Lucas Cranach the Elder (Kronach 1472-1553 Weimar)
    The Garden of Eden
    with the artist's serpent device (on the tree, upper center)
    oil on panel
    20 x 15 in. (50.8 x 38.1 cm.)


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    The present painting appears to be a composite of several motifs found in works by Lucas Cranach the Elder. While there are no exact matching compositions in the oeuvre of Cranach or his workshop, a number of related elements can be in found in renditions of the same subject, such as the much larger panel in the Kunsthistoriches, Vienna (oil on panel, 31 7/8 x 44 7/8 in.). The quality of certain passages in the present panel are extremely accomplished and close to Cranach himself, in particular the attenuated modeling of the figures and the naturalistic treatment of the animals.

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