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Lucas Cranach (1472 - 1553)

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self portrait (1550) - Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucretia, 1533, - Lucas Cranach the Elder (Oil on wood. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, Germany)

Venus and Cupido

Venus und Amor (ca. 1530)
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Venus Standing in a Landscape (1529) - Lucas Cranach the Elder

Salome, c. 1530 - Cranach [Wood, 87 x 58 cm Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest]


Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – October 16, 1553) was a German painter. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucas_Cranach_the_Elder [Jan 2006]

Lucas Cranach (1472-1553) was official painter to the prince electors of Saxony, painted Luther, and alongside Dürer and Holbein, was one of the three great painters of 16th century Germany. He excelled in mythological and allegorical painting, and devised a new iconographic image; a single woman in a landscape. The small Louvre painting, with its fine detail all by Cranach's own hand, shows a graceful Venus wearing a wide-rimmed hat, bejewelled necklace, and holding a transparent veil in front of her. The Gothic town in the background, reflected in the water, is evidence of his mastery of drawing and his deeply poetic sensitivity to landscape. The winged serpent holding a ring in its mouth is Cranach's seal and is skilfully merged into the stones on the ground. --http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/03/hm3_3_1_9a.html, [Jun 2004]

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