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

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Reformation Altarpiece, 1547 (oil on panel) Featured Cranach the Elder Print

Reformation Altarpiece, 1547 (oil on panel)

XPH308467 Reformation Altarpiece, 1547 (oil on panel) by Cranach, Lucas, the Elder (1472-1553); Stadtkirche St. Marien, Wittenberg, Germany; (add.info.: Altarbild im Chorraum; Altarpiece in the sanctuary; Reformationsaltar; Fluegelaltar; Im Mittelfeld das Abandmahl; Rechts im Kreis der Apostel Martin Luther als Junker Joerg; Links vollzieht Melanchthon eine Taufe; Rechts, Johannes Bugenhagen als Beichtvater; Unten, Martin Luther und der gekruzigte Christus; Center, The Last Supper and Martin Luther pretending to be Junker Joerg; Right, Melanchton carrying out a Baptism assisted by Cranach the Elder; Predella, Luther pointing to Crucified Crucified Christ;); German, out of copyright

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Technician examines forged painting by microscope Featured Cranach the Elder Print

Technician examines forged painting by microscope

Art forgery detection. Technician using a binocular optical microscope to examine a forged painting. This is a copy of a painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). The microscope increases the amount of detail that can be seen, allowing areas of retouched paint to be found. By examining paintings through a microscope under ultraviolet or infra-red light, other features normally invisible to human eyes can also be revealed. This work is being carried out at the Doerner Institute in Munich, Germany, which is headed by Dr Andreas Burmester. The Institute specializes in detecting art forgeries by various imaging techniques and chemical analyses

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