Cranach Digital Archive

Lucas Cranach (c.1472-1553) served as court painter to three successive Saxon electors for almost five decades. He also established a very productive workshop. Today more than 1.500 paintings by Cranach and his workshop are known, and they represent only a small fraction of the works originally produced.

The Cranach Digital Archive (CDA) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research resource, providing access to art historical, technical and conservation information on paintings by Lucas Cranach, his sons and his workshop. At present, the repository provides information on more than 800 paintings, including c.9000 images and documents from 103 contributing institutions.

Upon entering the CDA all present images are displayed in chronological order. Both full text search and advanced search options are available. Advanced search options are: ‘title’, ‘Friedländer/Rosenberg (1978) number’, ‘location’, and ‘CDA-ID/inventory number.’ Search results can be filtered by attribution (both past and present attributions), dating, collection, or by one of the following four classifications: component parts, form, function, or subject.

For each painting descriptive data are available: identification, art historical information, material/technique, and conservation/restoration. Different types of images can be present for each painting. The possible categories are: photograph of the front of the painting as a whole, photograph of the back of the painting as a whole, infrared images, x-radiographs, UV images, detail images, photomicrographs, conservation, any other image or written documentation, reports concerning technical and scientific examination, and scanned photographs from the Max J. Friedländer Archive. Images are present in high resolution and zoom options are available.

The CDA is a joint initiative of the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, and Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences / Cologne University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with nine founding partner institutions, 18 associate partners and many project contributors. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 1:09pm
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