Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553)
Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John

Auktionshaus im Kinsky kicks off the first major art auction of its 25th-anniversary year with an art-historical sensation—a previously unknown painting by one of the most important German painters of the Renaissance, namely:

Lucas Cranach the Elder!

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553)
Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John
Oil on wood, 76 × 59 cm
Estimated price: 350,000 – 700,000 €

This enchanting work with its portrayal of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child along with St. John has come on the market for the first time in living memory after having spent nearly a century in an Austrian private collection!

The painting has been professionally restored and subjected to detailed research and evaluation by reputable Cranach experts. Their stylistic analysis produced a date of ca. 1512, at which time Cranach was already working for the Prince of Saxony in Wittenberg. Further support for this dating is provided by the way in which the wooden panel is glued together. The painter began sourcing his painting surfaces from a different carpenter with a different technique once he moved out of the electoral court and into town in 1512.

This Madonna and Child with the Infant St. John exhibits an ideal of beauty quite typical of Cranach the Elder, one that is always fascinating for its fine but sharply cut facial features and its combination of liveliness and enrapturement. Influences of Italian painting from around 1500 are particularly evident here in such fine details as the version of an oval nimbus (halo) with its golden points arranged in concentric circles. Further outstanding characteristics of this newly discovered masterpiece are the wonderful harmony of the colours and their fine transitions as well as the lively composition of these three figures before a natural backdrop.

This painting will go up for bidding in the auction Old Master Paintings on 24 April at Auktionshaus im Kinsky.

122nd Art Auction, Old Master Paintings
24 April 2018
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