Luther portrait by Cranach

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around 1570/1590
Origin Germany
Artist / manufacturer Cranach, Lucas (the Elder)
Material Copperplate
Inventory no. K868
Customer Germanisches Nationalmuseum
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Technology 3D CT, tomosynthesis
System Tomomat
Objective Analyze the composition and arrangement of paint layers


This is Lucas Cranach’s first portrait of Luther, which was suppressed in the years around 1520.

© Fraunhofer IIS
© Fraunhofer IIS
© Fraunhofer IIS
The X-ray images make it possible to draw conclusions about the condition of the primer used.