Study of a Stag (recto); Study of Goats (verso)

Object Details

Title:

Study of a Stag (recto); Study of Goats (verso)

Artist/Maker(s):

Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472 - 1553)

Culture:

German

Date:

about 1520 - 1530

Medium:

Brush with brown and red brown wash, heightened with white gouache (recto); brush with black, gray, and green wash, black chalk (verso)

Dimensions:

13.5 x 16.7 cm (5 5/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

See more

See less

Lucas Cranach the Elder often painted carefully described animals, one of his particular specialties and a typical manifestation of Renaissance interest in nature. He frequently depicted stags, both as victims of the hunt and as onlookers. Here Cranach began with a sketch in black chalk, which he then went over rapidly with a brush and ink wash, using broad strokes to create the long, furry winter coat. He then freely applied varied washes to the legs and antlers.

On the verso, a quickly brushed yet well-formed three-dimensional goat grazes energetically. The head of another goat is cut off by the edge of the paper, and a light black chalk sketch of a third peers outward above the neck of the main animal. All three animals stare saucily at the viewer with engagingly direct gazes.

Provenance

S Rosenthal

R.V. Randall, Monteral

July 6, 1967

Sotheby's (London), , lot 2

Private Collection, , New Jersey

Exhibitions
Five Centuries of Drawings (October to November 1953) (101; recto)
  • Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, October to November, 1953
Central European Drawings of the 16th and 17th Centuries (March 2 to May 9, 1993) (101; recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), March 2 to May 9, 1993
German and Swiss Drawings from the Permanent Collection (June 6 to August 20, 2000) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), June 6 to August 20, 2000
Temptation in Eden: Lucas Cranach's Adam and Eve (June 21 to September 23, 2007) (10; recto and verso)
  • Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, (London), June 21 to September 23, 2007
Lucas Cranach: Meisterwerke (November 23, 2007 to June 8, 2008) (86; recto and verso)
  • Städtische Galerie im Städelsches Kunstinstitut, (Frankfurt), November 23, 2007 to February 17, 2008
The Secret Life of Drawings (November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011) (recto and verso)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 23, 2010 to February 13, 2011
Renaissance Drawings from Germany and Switzerland, 1470-1600 (March 27 to June 17, 2012) (recto)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 27 to June 17, 2012