Lot n° 30
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Lucas CRANACH le jeune (1515-1586)
Lucas CRANACH the young (1515-1586)
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Venus and the Love thief of honey
Theocritus Idyll XIX
Oil on panel, reinforced
51 x 35 cm
(Cracks, slight accidents)
Signed with the dragon with wings lying down in the upper left corner
Prince Demidoff Collection
Its sale on January 13, 1863, n° 31- Allegorical subject. Cupid as a child has taken a honeycomb, and as he tastes it, the bees wound him with their stings. It is thus of the voluptuousness; it lasts little and it is often mixed with bitter pains.
Collection count of Lambertye
Its sale on April 18, 868, n° 11
Collection M. Payelle, Paris
Sale Paris, 23 June 1978, n°48, repr.
1956, Paris, Orangerie des Tuileries, Le Cabinet de l'Amateur, n° 29.
We thank Dr. Dieter Koepplin who, in a letter dated August 18, 2022, confirmed the autograph character of this work and the date of the 1540s/1550s, and compared it to no. 398A of the Friedländer and Rosenberg catalog, 1978/79 edition, a work kept in Nuremberg at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
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