Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 10 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

Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
76.4 x 56 cm
The Royal Collection London United Kingdom

Lucretia

1530
Oil Painting
$647
Canvas Print
$53.72
Judith Dining with Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
98.5 x 72.5 cm
Schlossmuseum Schloss Friedenstein Gotha Germany

Judith Dining with Holofernes

1531
Oil Painting
$1773
Canvas Print
$53.33
The Death of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
98 x 73.6 cm
Schlossmuseum Schloss Friedenstein Gotha Germany

The Death of Holofernes

1531
Oil Painting
$1857
Canvas Print
$52.8
The Adoration of the Magi
Lucas Cranach the Elder
122 x 73 cm
Schlossmuseum Schloss Friedenstein Gotha Germany

The Adoration of the Magi

c.1513/16
Oil Painting
$1234
Canvas Print
$47.9
Agony in the Garden
Lucas Cranach the Elder
86.5 x 58.5 cm
Museum Kunst Palast Dusseldorf Germany

Agony in the Garden

c.1540
Oil Painting
$1006
Canvas Print
$49.76
An Ill-Matched Pair
Lucas Cranach the Elder
38.8 x 25.7 cm
Museum Kunst Palast Dusseldorf Germany

An Ill-Matched Pair

c.1530
Oil Painting
$541
Canvas Print
$47.9
Venus with Cupid as the Honey Thief
Lucas Cranach the Elder
174 x 64.9 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Venus with Cupid as the Honey Thief

a.1537
Oil Painting
$706
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
36 x 22.5 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Lucretia

1533
Oil Painting
$524
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Virgin and Child with St Anne
Lucas Cranach the Elder
190 x 83.5 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

The Virgin and Child with St Anne

c.1515
Oil Painting
$943
Canvas Print
$47.9
Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Lucas Cranach the Elder
71 x 53 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Rest on the Flight into Egypt

1504
Oil Painting
$969
Canvas Print
$53.46
St Jerome in a Rocky Landscape
Lucas Cranach the Elder
51.2 x 37.6 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

St Jerome in a Rocky Landscape

c.1515
Oil Painting
$617
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Virgin and Child with St Anne
Lucas Cranach the Elder
42 x 27.9 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

The Virgin and Child with St Anne

c.1520
Oil Painting
$569
Canvas Print
$47.9
David and Bathsheba
Lucas Cranach the Elder
38.8 x 25.6 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

David and Bathsheba

1526
Oil Painting
$880
Canvas Print
$47.9
Johann Friedrich I, the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
91.4 x 70.2 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Johann Friedrich I, the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony

c.1535
Oil Painting
$814
Canvas Print
$56.23
The Fountain of Youth
Lucas Cranach the Elder
120.6 x 186.1 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

The Fountain of Youth

1546
Oil Painting
$2366
Canvas Print
$47.9
Venus and Cupid
Lucas Cranach the Elder
184 x 78.6 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Venus and Cupid

c.1530
Oil Painting
$748
Canvas Print
$47.9
Judith
Lucas Cranach the Elder
72 x 56 cm
Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum Aachen Germany

Judith

1531
Oil Painting
$826
Canvas Print
$55.44
Portrait of a Young Woman (Princess Emilia of Saxony)
Lucas Cranach the Elder
41.6 x 29.8 cm
National Gallery of Denmark Copenhagen Denmark

Portrait of a Young Woman (Princess Emilia of Saxony)

c.1537
Oil Painting
$639
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
38 x 24.5 cm
Finnish National Gallery Helsinki Finland

Lucretia

1530
Oil Painting
$500
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
67.5 x 47.3 cm
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary

The Mystic Marriage of Saint Catherine of ...

c.1516/18
Oil Painting
$1178
Canvas Print
$76.63
The Virgin and Child with a Bunch of Grapes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
74.3 x 55.8 cm
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary

The Virgin and Child with a Bunch of Grapes

a.1537
Oil Painting
$757
Canvas Print
$53.33
The Virgin Suckling the Child
Lucas Cranach the Elder
81.6 x 54 cm
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary

The Virgin Suckling the Child

c.1515
Oil Painting
$1006
Canvas Print
$48.84
The Suicide of Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
51 x 35 cm
Art Collections of the Fortress Coburg Coburg Germany

The Suicide of Lucretia

a.1537
Oil Painting
$533
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Suicide of Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
86 x 58 cm
Art Collections of the Fortress Coburg Coburg Germany

The Suicide of Lucretia

c.1518
Oil Painting
$823
Canvas Print
$48.18