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Portraits by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saint Helena with the Cross by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saint Helena with the Cross by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saint Helena with the Cross by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Saint Helena with the Cross

  • Title:                Saint Helena with the Cross
  • Artist:              Lucas Cranach the Elder
  • Date:               1525
  • Medium:          oil on panel
  • Dimensions:    Height: 41 cm (16.1 ″); Width: 27 cm (10.6 ″)
  • Museum:         Cincinnati Art Museum

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A Prince of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Prince of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Prince of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Prince of Saxony

  • Title:                 A Prince of Saxony
  • Artist:              Lucas Cranach the Elder
  • Date:               1517
  • Medium:          oil on lime
  • Dimensions:     Height: 43.7 cm (17.2 ″); Width: 34.4 cm (13.5 ″)
  • Museum:          National Gallery of Art, DC

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A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony

  • Title:                A Princess of Saxony
  • Artist:              Lucas Cranach the Elder
  • Date:               1517
  • Medium:          oil on lime
  • Dimensions:     Height: 43.7 cm (17.2 ″); Width: 34.4 cm (13.5 ″)
  • Museum:          National Gallery of Art, DC

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Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony

  • Title:                 Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony
  • Artist:               Lucas Cranach the Elder
  • Date:                1531
  • Medium:           oil on panel
  • Dimensions:      Height: 51 cm (20 ″); Width: 37 cm (14.5 ″)
  • Museum:           Louvre Museum

Portrait of the Elector John Frederic the Magnanimous of Saxony

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Lukas Spielhausen by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lukas Spielhausen by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lukas Spielhausen

  • Title:                   Lukas Spielhausen
  • Artist:                 Lucas Cranach the Elder
  • Date:                 1532
  • Medium:            oil on beech wood
  • Dimensions:       Height: 50.8 cm (20 ″); Width: 36.5 cm (14.3 ″)
  • Museum:            Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lukas Spielhausen by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was a court painter to the Electors of Saxony and is famous for his portraits of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced. He was a close friend of Martin Luther, and he is commemorated in the liturgical calendars of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches.

Cranach also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and then later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. Cranach had a large workshop, and many of his works exist in different versions. His son Lucas Cranach the Younger, and others continued to create versions of his works for decades after his death. He is considered the most successful German artist of his time.

Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Tour of Artists

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“Let the wife make the husband glad to come home,
and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”

– Martin Luther

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Photo Credit: 1)Lucas Cranach the Elder [Public domain]

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