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Study of Three Girls Heads, Lucas Cranach the elder (1472-1553) Featured Lucas Cranach Print

Study of Three Girls Heads, Lucas Cranach the elder (1472-1553)

Oil on panel, German School, around 1525. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) was a German painter and printmaker. He was one of the leading German painters and printmakers of the Renaissance in the early 16th century. As court painter of the Elector of Saxony, the patron of?Luther, Cranach is remembered as the chief artist of the?Reformation. He painted altarpieces, Lutheran subject pictures and portraits, as well as mythological decorative works and nudes. There is some uncertainty about the authenticity of Cranach the Elder's last name. He is probably named after his birthplace, and there are theories that his real name may have been Sunder or Muller. Many details of his life are also uncertain; he is thought to have visited the Holy Land in 1493. What is known is that he spent much of his life in Wittenburg under the patronage of the Elector Frederick the Wise, who employed him as a court painter. He was also endowed with a coat of arms and was twice the Burgomeister of the town. He later worked for various other German nobles, among them Frederick the Magnanimous, and his career as both a painter and engraver was very successful. Working during the Reformation, Cranach was a devoutly religious man and a friend of Martin Luther, whom he sometimes portrayed in his paintings. He retired in 1552 to Weimar, leaving his sons, Hans and Lucas the Younger, to carry on his workshop. This painting is believed to be a study for the three goddesses of Venus, Juno or Minerva in Cranach's masterpiece, The Judgement of Paris. It is thought also to be a triple portrait of Cranach's three daughters

© RIC, photographer Mike Searle

Portraits of Members of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, c.1565 (oil on panel) Featured Lucas Cranach Print

Portraits of Members of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, c.1565 (oil on panel)

CZA113186 Portraits of Members of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, c.1565 (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Younger (1515-86) (school of); 195 x 175 cm; Czartoryski Museum, Cracow, Poland; (add.info.: L to R: Sigismund I (1467-1548) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1506-48); Bona Sforza (1493/4-1557); her son, Sigismund II Augustus (1520-72) King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1548-72); his three wives, a) Elizabeth of Austria (1526-45) b) Barbara Radziwill (1520-51) c) Catherine of Austria (1533-72); Bona's four daughters: Isabella (1519-59) Queen of Hungary; Catherine (1526-83) Queen of Sweden; Sophia (1522-75) Duchess of Brunswick-LAOEneburg; Anna (1523-96) Queen of Poland (1576-86) wife of Stephen Bathory, King of Poland (1576-86).); German, out of copyright

© Czartoryski Museum, Cracow, Poland / Bridgeman Images

Saint John the Baptist seated in a Mountainous Landscape (ink on paper) Featured Lucas Cranach Print

Saint John the Baptist seated in a Mountainous Landscape (ink on paper)

XIL896319 Saint John the Baptist seated in a Mountainous Landscape (ink on paper) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); 23.5x17.7 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France; (add.info.: Saint Jean-Baptiste assis dans un paysage montagneux
Note: Exhibition Le XVIe siA?A?cle europA©en, Paris, Petit-Palais, 1965
); German, out of copyright

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