Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472-1553) took his surname from his birthplace, Kronach, where he probably trained with his painter father. Around 1501 he went to Vienna, where he focused on drawing ruins and windswept trees. In 1505 he became court painter to Frederick the Wise of Saxony in Wittenberg, a position he maintained for life under various electors. At court, Cranach specialized in portraits. Bold design, intense color, and gracefully outlined costumes typify his court likenesses. He may have invented the full-length portrait as an independent work of art. Like Albrecht Dürer before him, Cranach created fine, valued engravings and woodcuts as well as paintings. His large workshop included his sons Hans and Lucas. One of Wittenberg's leading citizens, Cranach owned a bookshop and a pharmacy and served on the city council in addition to his work at court. As Martin Luther's close friend, he supervised the printing of Luther's propaganda pamphlets; designed woodcuts for Luther's translation of the New Testament; painted for Lutheran churches; and painted, engraved, and made portraits of Protestant Reformers and princes.

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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Melancholy

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Through reference to a similar figure in an Albrecht Dürer print, the seated female has been read as a personification of Melancholy, one of the four temperaments. Renaissance scholars believed that the world was built from a system of correspondences. Melancholy was associated with Saturn, winter, the dragon, lead, and earth. The other three were the...
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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Portrait of Moritz Büchner

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Moritz Büchner was a successful merchant and city alderman in Leipzig. Artist's insignia above the sitter's proper right shoulder: winged serpent with elevated wings facing right and dated '1518'; in yellow paint. On the ring on the index finger of the sitter's proper left hand: 'M B'.
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The Birth of John the Baptist

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This religious motif by Cranach (his studio?), signed and dated with the bewinged snake 1518, depicts the newly born child being bathed by two women while Elizabeth is lying in bed. At the center back are two women, the one on the left is holding a plate, the other a spoon.The painting was possibly taken as war booty from Munich 1632.
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The Crucifixion

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Cranach produced countless representations of the Crucifixion, both before and after the Reformation. Cranach’s late Crucifixions, and late works in general, are on the other hand tied to the surface of the picture and make no attempt to reproduce a convincing effect of reality. This Crucifixion is moving in the direction of this flat effect - it is,...
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The Nymph of the Spring

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Cranach's painting of a classical nymph represents an Italian theme but gives it a moralizing twist common to late Gothic courtly and amorous subjects. The inscription on this painting -- I am the nymph of the sacred spring, do not disturb my sleep. I am resting -- may be an allusion to a poem.Far from sleeping, she admires herself beguilingly through...
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Venus with Cupid Stealing Honey

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The scene is taken from literature, specifically the poem Cupid Stealing Honey by the classical Greek poet Theocritus. The poem tells the story of how Cupid complains to his mother, Venus (the goddess of love), of how the bees sting him because he has stolen their hive. He wonders that creatures so small can inflict so much pain. Venus laughs and tells...
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