Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 1 of 11

1472-1553

German Northern Renaissance Painter

A further communiqué from from Cranach to Luther, upon the completion of the Ten Commandments painting, revealed many thoughts hinting at his now evident misogynistic tinges. In the communiqué Cranach has professed to Luther that certain of his “new-found attitudes toward the fair sex”, supplemented and reinforced by later Lutheran teachings, have gone behind the production of the painting. From this communiqué we are seeing the beginnings of the theological sexism that is starting to cloud his earlier, rational judgment of women and their roles, which ultimately lead to his unfavorable portrayal of womankind in the aforementioned painting:
“I have sent you hither a recently completed painting on the Covenant of Man and God, and of the pleasant vices that are sinful in the eyes of our Creator. I have felt it to be a sublime masterpiece hitherto produced with my feeble talents, and all glories be to the Lord! I have decided upon oil painting as the best conduit of properly expressing the breadth and depth of the commandments, and as you can see the textures of the painting are rich and by utilizing certain techniques of oil paints I had been able to master a certain kind of optical effect, not unlike that of seeing through a looking glass, to bring out the divine and omnipresent characteristics of our Lord in the form of the crystalline rainbow shining upon the new world after the Flood. You might have also noticed, in the tabloids dealing with the first, the fifth, the sixth, the ninth and the tenth commandments, and in particular the tabloids dealing with the first, fifth, sixth and tenth, that I have taken the liberty of painting unclothed females and their anthropomorphic distortions as a hyperbolic device to further reinforce the image of the vice within the minds of my audience. There might perhaps be more dignifying ways of portraying the subjects of adultery and of men coveting their neighbour's wife without undue transgression of the fairer sex, for I certainly do not desire for it to be that way, I love my wife and believes her to be of the utmost grace and virtue, yet your preachings have opened my eyes to the world and the truth of the Scriptures, and I must say that I am having second opinions - perhaps my rendition of women in the painting has been unkind indeed, yet they are far from the state of falsehood.”
To which Martin Luther gleefully replied,
“It was a most exceptional rendition of Biblical account that I have gazed upon. And you should not be ashamed of your portrayal of women in these sinful states. After all, it was the unclothed Eve who has fallen prey to the cunning seductions of the Serpent and yielded to the Forbidden Fruit. No one will be made the wiser before the Original Sin, and we have our women to thank for that! If I were you, this painting would have looked ten-folds more rapacious and ravenous, why, I would have had the wife-coveting man and his lover totally unclothed, committing those unspeakable acts right in the back-drop of the dark-green trees and shrubs.”

259 Paintings of Lucas Cranach

Portrait of Dr. Johannes Cuspinian
Lucas Cranach the Elder
59 x 45 cm
Oskar Reinhart Museum Winterthur Switzerland

Portrait of Dr. Johannes Cuspinian

c.1502/03
Oil Painting
$705
Canvas Print
$63.72
Anna Putsch, First Wife of Dr. Johannes Cuspinian
Lucas Cranach the Elder
59 x 45 cm
Oskar Reinhart Museum Winterthur Switzerland

Anna Putsch, First Wife of Dr. Johannes Cuspinian

c.1502/03
Oil Painting
$705
Canvas Print
$63.72
Venus and Cupid
Lucas Cranach the Elder
213 x 102 cm
The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia

Venus and Cupid

1509
Oil Painting
$744
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Elector Frederick the Wise
Lucas Cranach the Elder
80 x 49 cm
Liechtenstein Museum Vienna Austria

Portrait of Elector Frederick the Wise

c.1532
Oil Painting
$615
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
37.5 x 24.5 cm
Liechtenstein Museum Vienna Austria

Lucretia

1532
Oil Painting
$525
Canvas Print
$47.9
Venus and Cupid Stealing Honey
Lucas Cranach the Elder
169 x 67 cm
Galleria Borghese Rome Italy

Venus and Cupid Stealing Honey

1531
Oil Painting
$575
Canvas Print
$47.9
Allegory of Justice
Lucas Cranach the Elder
72 x 49.6 cm
Private Collection

Allegory of Justice

1537
Oil Painting
$594
Canvas Print
$61.49
Lot and His Daughters
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany

Lot and His Daughters

undated
Oil Painting
$943
Canvas Print
$47.9
Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
137 x 54 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Eve

1537
Oil Painting
$600
Canvas Print
$47.9
Adam
Lucas Cranach the Elder
137 x 54 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Adam

1537
Oil Painting
$581
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Fall
Lucas Cranach the Elder
53.3 x 37.1 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

The Fall

a.1537
Oil Painting
$871
Canvas Print
$47.9
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
87 x 56 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

c.1530
Oil Painting
$876
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Martin Luther
Lucas Cranach the Elder
36.5 x 23 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Italy

Portrait of Martin Luther

1529
Oil Painting
$496
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Dorothy Receiving Roses from a Young Boy ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
139 x 70 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Saint Dorothy Receiving Roses from a Young Boy ...

1506
Oil Painting
$1217
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Barbara with Chalice and Host, Saint Ursula ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
139 x 70 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Saint Barbara with Chalice and Host, Saint Ursula ...

1506
Oil Painting
$1242
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine (St. Catherine ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
139 x 156 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine (St. Catherine ...

1506
Oil Painting
$4654
Canvas Print
$81.44
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
59 x 44 cm
National Museum Warsaw Poland

Adam and Eve

undated
Oil Painting
$750
Canvas Print
$62.3
Cupid Complaining to Venus
Lucas Cranach the Elder
81.3 x 54.6 cm
National Gallery London United Kingdom

Cupid Complaining to Venus

c.1525
Oil Painting
$995
Canvas Print
$48.18
The Princesses Sibylla, Emilia and Sidonia of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
62 x 89 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

The Princesses Sibylla, Emilia and Sidonia of Saxony

c.1535
Oil Painting
$1129
Canvas Print
$49.24
Paradise (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden)
Lucas Cranach the Elder
81 x 114 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Paradise (Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden)

1530
Oil Painting
$1136
Canvas Print
$51.48
Judith with the Head of Holofernes and a Servant
Lucas Cranach the Elder
75.2 x 51 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Judith with the Head of Holofernes and a Servant

c.1537
Oil Painting
$882
Canvas Print
$47.9
Venus in a Landscape
Lucas Cranach the Elder
38 x 25 cm
Louvre Museum Paris France

Venus in a Landscape

1529
Oil Painting
$509
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Silver Age (The Effects of Jealousy)
Lucas Cranach the Elder
77.5 x 52.5 cm
Louvre Museum Paris France

The Silver Age (The Effects of Jealousy)

1535
Oil Painting
$965
Canvas Print
$48.05
Reclining Water Nymph
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany

Reclining Water Nymph

undated
Oil Painting
$697
Canvas Print
$47.9