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The 361 Artworks of Lucas Cranach The Elder

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Lucas Cranach The Elder - The Fountain of YouthThe Fountain of YouthLucas Cranach The Elder

Cranach's painting is about the human yearning for immortality and eternal youth. Human beings dream of being young again, of leaving the worn outer shell and exchanging it for a new one. The notion of the cleansing power of the elements, especially of water, is as old as humankind itself. The centr...

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Apollo and Diana in the Wood 1Apollo and Diana in the Wood 1Lucas Cranach The Elder

Cranach, like his contemporary Albrecht Dürer, was a dominant figure in German Renaissance painting. The influence of both artists was pervasive, although Cranach had the advantage of outliving Dürer by as much as thirty years. At the start of his career he was active in Munich and Vienna, but in 15...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - The Judgment of ParisThe Judgment of ParisLucas Cranach The Elder

The Kiss is probably Gustav Klimt’s most famous work. It is also the high point of the artist’s Gold Period, which was characterized by his use of gold leaf in his work. This painting is one in which Klimt deviated from his portrayal of dominant in women in the form of a femme fatale. Instead is the...

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, United States)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - The CrucifixionThe CrucifixionLucas Cranach The Elder

This is the earliest known painting of Cranach, executed for the Schottenkirche in Vienna. Cranach's style was fully formed and underwent little development after about 1515, and the highly finished, mass-produced paintings after that date suffer by comparison with the more individual works he paint...

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Hunt in Honour of Charles V at the Castle of TorgauHunt in Honour of Charles V at the Castle of TorgauLucas Cranach The Elder

Lucas Cranach and his workshop painted several versions of this subject. This painting is highly characteristic of the style of Lucas Cranach. The painting (114 x 175 cm) is in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Museo del Prado (Spain)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Venus and Cupid 1Venus and Cupid 1Lucas Cranach The Elder

Renaissance scholars attributed to Theocrites, the 3rd century BC Greek poet, the fable that recounts how Cupid, having been stung by bees when stealing honey, complained to his mother Venus about the pain produced by such small animals. To which she replied that he too was small and that the wounds...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - Self-PortraitSelf-PortraitLucas Cranach The Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder (Lucas Cranach der Ältere, 4 October 1472 – 16 October 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of th...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - Adam and EveAdam and EveLucas Cranach The Elder

To the rigorous, perfectly Renaissance Dürer, troubled by the question of the proportions of the human body, Cranach, in his nudes, responds by freeing himself from every rule and from any observation of anatomical accuracy. His figures are elongated out of all proportion, seem boneless and are show...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - Adam and Eve 6Adam and Eve 6Lucas Cranach The Elder

Lucas Cranach, who was to become court painter to the Elector of Saxony, performed other tasks for a livelihood before this honour was bestowed upon him. He was for a time a pharmacist, a burgomaster of Wittenberg, and the director of a factory for the production of pictures. He may have turned to d...

Lucas Cranach The Elder - Reclining River Nymph at the FountainReclining River Nymph at the FountainLucas Cranach The Elder

The resurgence of Gothic linear rhythms is fundamental for the whole of Cranach's later work, in which the borderline between sacred and mundane art is blurred. He represented female saints as beautiful and elegant ladies in fashionable dress and covered with jewelry. His Reclining River Nymph at th...

Museum der Bildenden Künste (Leipzig, Germany)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - The Rest on the Flight into EgyptThe Rest on the Flight into EgyptLucas Cranach The Elder

The Virgin has settled down to rest in a meadow on the edge of a forest. Supported by her, the child Jesus reaches out for the strawberries which an angel is offering him. Another angel is drawing water from a spring, a third is bringing a bird, while others sit in the grass and make music. Joseph, ...

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Cupid complaining to Venus.Cupid complaining to Venus.Lucas Cranach The Elder

The Reclining River Nymph at the Fountain (1518, Leipzig) inaugurated a long series of paintings of Venus, Lucretia, the Graces, the judgment of Paris, and other subjects that serve as pretexts for the sensuous female nude, in which Cranach appears as a kind of 16th-century Francois Boucher. The nai...

National Gallery (London, United Kingdom)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Young Mother with ChildYoung Mother with ChildLucas Cranach The Elder

Young Mother with Child is an oil on wood painting by the German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder. The painting (60 x 37 cm) is now in the collection of the Wartburgstifung, Eisenach.

Lucas Cranach The Elder - Venus and CupidVenus and CupidLucas Cranach The Elder

Cranach painted many slant-eyed, narrow-waisted, high-breasted nudes with highly charged eroticism. These nudes - depicted to order or almost mass-produced - came in life-size as this Venus and Cupid, or practically pocket-size.

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Germany)
Lucas Cranach The Elder - Portrait of Charles VPortrait of Charles VLucas Cranach The Elder

The sitter is Charles V who, far from being idealized, is shown in a way which exaggerates his pronounced lower jaw. He is depicted as Emperor, wearing around his neck a heavy gold chain with the Order of the Golden Fleece. The image is very austere and was probably completed with the aid of assista...