Christ blessing the children

  • LUCAS CRANACH THE YOUNGER
Wittenberg 1515 – Weimar 1586

Panel: 59.3 x 120 cm
Signed with the winged serpent carrying a ring in its mouth, dated 1538, inscription: “VND SIE BRACHTEN KINDLEIN ZV IM·DAS / ER SIE ANRVRETE · S MARCVS AM X”

Provenance
Ulveldt family, Vienna, before 1768;
Baron Hakvin Stiernblad of Torup, Sweden, and his descendants;
Sale Christie’s, London, 23 March 1973, lot 33;
Sale Sotheby’s, London, 11 December 1985, lot 26;
Private collection.

Literature
O. Granberg, Inventaire Général des Trésors d’Art en Suède, Stockholm, 1913, III, p. 261 (date 1539 incorrect).

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