Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 2 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

Christ's Farewell to the Holy Women
Lucas Cranach the Elder
110 x 83.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Christ's Farewell to the Holy Women

c.1520
Oil Painting
$1190
Canvas Print
$55.04
The Penitence of St. Jerome
Lucas Cranach the Elder
55.5 x 41.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

The Penitence of St. Jerome

1502
Oil Painting
$747
Canvas Print
$55.28
The Holy Kinship
Lucas Cranach the Elder
88 x 70.5 cm
Art Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Austria

The Holy Kinship

undated
Oil Painting
$1088
Canvas Print
$57.42
Christ with the Crown of Thorns
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Weimar Germany

Christ with the Crown of Thorns

1515
Oil Painting
$608
Canvas Print
$67.85
Martin Luther as Junker Joerg
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40.5 x 32.5 cm
Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany

Martin Luther as Junker Joerg

c.1521/22
Oil Painting
$507
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Uneven Couple (The Old Lover)
Lucas Cranach the Elder
51 x 36 cm
Art Gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Austria

The Uneven Couple (The Old Lover)

1531
Oil Painting
$660
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Martyrdom of St Catherine
Lucas Cranach the Elder
112 x 95 cm
Public Collection

The Martyrdom of St Catherine

c.1504/05
Oil Painting
$1884
Canvas Print
$61.78
Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
175 x 68 cm
Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany

Eve

1533
Oil Painting
$677
Canvas Print
$47.9
Adam
Lucas Cranach the Elder
175 x 68 cm
Museum der Bildenden Kunste Leipzig Germany

Adam

1533
Oil Painting
$655
Canvas Print
$47.9
Christ of Sorrow
Lucas Cranach the Elder
137 x 54 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Christ of Sorrow

c.1510/20
Oil Painting
$670
Canvas Print
$47.9
Caspar von Koeckeritz of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
63.5 x 42 cm
Louvre Museum Paris France

Caspar von Koeckeritz of Saxony

undated
Oil Painting
$549
Canvas Print
$64.01
Hunt in Honour of Carlos V at the Castle of Torgau
Lucas Cranach the Elder
118 x 177 cm
Prado Museum Madrid Spain

Hunt in Honour of Carlos V at the Castle of Torgau

undated
Oil Painting
$4227
Canvas Print
$48.97
Stag Hunt of Elector Friedrich der Weise of ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
80 x 114 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Stag Hunt of Elector Friedrich der Weise of ...

1529
Oil Painting
$2353
Canvas Print
$50.82
Magdalena Luther
Lucas Cranach the Elder
41.1 x 26 cm
Louvre Museum Paris France

Magdalena Luther

c.1540
Oil Painting
$569
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Katherine von Bora
Lucas Cranach the Elder
37 x 23 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Italy

Portrait of Katherine von Bora

1529
Oil Painting
$519
Canvas Print
$47.9
Martin Luther as Junker Joerg
Lucas Cranach the Elder
52.8 x 37.3 cm
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Weimar Germany

Martin Luther as Junker Joerg

c.1521/22
Oil Painting
$530
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40.5 x 25.6 cm
Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin Germany

Portrait of Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony

c.1525/27
Oil Painting
$538
Canvas Print
$47.9
Markgraf Casimir von Brandenburg-Culmbach
Lucas Cranach the Elder
37.3 x 28.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Markgraf Casimir von Brandenburg-Culmbach

1522
Oil Painting
$508
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lot and His Daughters
Lucas Cranach the Elder
56 x 37 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Lot and His Daughters

1528
Oil Painting
$840
Canvas Print
$49.73
Frederick the Wise with St Ursula and St Genevieve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
101 x 36.5 cm
National Gallery of Denmark Copenhagen Denmark

Frederick the Wise with St Ursula and St Genevieve

c.1510/12
Oil Painting
$1148
Canvas Print
$47.9
Charity
Lucas Cranach the Elder
50 x 34 cm
Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium

Charity

undated
Oil Painting
$638
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Judgment of Paris
Lucas Cranach the Elder
102 x 71 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

The Judgment of Paris

c.1528
Oil Painting
$1148
Canvas Print
$50.82
Portrait of John Frederick the Magnanimous ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
51 x 35.5 cm
Louvre Museum Paris France

Portrait of John Frederick the Magnanimous ...

1531
Oil Painting
$567
Canvas Print
$47.9
St. Jerome in the Desert
Lucas Cranach the Elder
89.8 x 66.5 cm
Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck Austria

St. Jerome in the Desert

c.1525
Oil Painting
$881
Canvas Print
$48.18