The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division supplied the National Gallery with a copy of a photo of the Cranach oil-on-wood painting contained in an album called “Katalog der Privat-Gallerie Adolf Hitlers” or “The Private Gallery of Adolf Hitler.” The photos in the album depict 74 paintings and two tapestries in Hitler’s private art collection.
The album is one of nearly 2,000 items included in the Library’s Third Reich Collection, which is housed in both the Prints and Photographs and the Rare Books and Special Collections divisions. The total number of photo albums in the collection is 548.
The division has posted online images from the entire album. On page 58 you can see the Cranach image in question.
The National Gallery knew the photo of the painting existed, thanks to researcher Birgit Schwartz, who had been studying Hitler’s art collecting and spotted the painting’s photo at the Library. After getting the tip from Schwartz, the National Gallery approached the Library. Archivist Alan Crookham corresponded via e-mail with Prints and Photographs Division reference assistant Kristi Finefield, who tracked down the album, found the photo and confirmed with Crookham that the images matched. Finefield then photographed the photo and sent it off to the National Gallery.