Description & Technical information

Lucas Cranach the Elder
(Kronach 1472 - 1553 Weimar)

Lucas Cranach the Elder (Lucas Cranach der Ältere, c. 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 the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther. He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint nude subjects drawn from mythology and religion.

Date:  1525
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  Germany
Medium: Oil on wood
Signature: Signed lower left with the device of a winged serpent and dated 1525, 
inscribed „AETATIS SV 42 – IAR“ (age 42 years).

On the rear seal with coat of arms probably of 
the Granddukes of Mecklenburg-Schwerin

Certificate by Prof. Dr. Ingo Sander 

Dimensions: 12.5 cm (4⁷/₈ inches)
Literature: Friedländer, Max J./ Rosenberg, Jakob: Die Gemälde von Lucas Cranach,
Berlin 1932, No. 160 b, p. 60.
Friedländer, Max J./ Rosenberg, Jakob: Die Gemälde von Lucas Cranach,
Amsterdam 1978, No. 189 A, p. 107.
Mendes Bürgi, Bernhard/ Zimmer, Nina: Kunstmuseum Basel. Die Meisterwerke. Gemälde, Skulpturen, Fotografie, Installationen, Videos, Ostfildern/ Basel 2011, cat. no. 19, p. 46 f., 341 f.
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints