Description Lucas Cranach the Elder, the greatest German artist of the 16th century after Albrecht Dürer, painted several small images of beguiling young women-often superficially justified by a moral association for the private enjoyment of his aristocratic male patrons. Indeed, this attractive young woman in rich attire sends mixed signals. Her hair hangs loosely, so she is a not a married woman, whose hair would be discretely controlled. In a formal portrait, this would indicate that she is a virgin. However, she engages the viewer directly with an unabashed gaze and an expression suggesting familiarity. This would be inappropriate for an unmarried woman of a respectable family. Her gold jewelry and velvet dress is fashionable, but she wears no high-necked blouse under it. This provocative young woman is probably meant to represent Mary Magdalene, often said to have been a prostitute before she met Christ.
|12/31/1969||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/29/1975||Examination||examined for catalogue.|
|12/29/1975||Examination||examined for condition; x-ray|
|8/20/1986||Treatment||coated; inpainted; other|
|11/12/1990||Examination||examined for condition|
|11/17/1990||Technical Report||chemical analysis|
|11/29/1990||Treatment||examined for condition|
|4/14/1992||Examination||examined for condition|
|12/09/1992||Technical Report||chemical analysis; examined for technical study|
|2/29/2000||Examination||examined for loan|
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, between 1903 and 1909 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903-1909
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