Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 3 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

Saint Mary Suffering
SKU: CLE-14020
Original Size: 137 x 54 cm
Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna Austria

Saint Mary Suffering

c.1510/20
Oil Painting
$578
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Paul
SKU: CLE-14021
Original Size: unknown
Location: Museum of Art and Archaeology Moulins France

Saint Paul

c.1510/20
Oil Painting
$725
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Peter
SKU: CLE-14022
Original Size: unknown
Location: Museum of Art and Archaeology Moulins France

Saint Peter

c.1510/20
Oil Painting
$734
Canvas Print
$47.9
Duke Johann II von Anhalt
SKU: CLE-14023
Original Size: 51.6 x 36.3 cm
Location: Public Collection

Duke Johann II von Anhalt

1532
Oil Painting
$612
Canvas Print
$47.9
Joachim von Anhalt
SKU: CLE-14024
Original Size: 51 x 35 cm
Location: Public Collection

Joachim von Anhalt

c.1530
Oil Painting
$555
Canvas Print
$47.9
Adam and Eve in Paradise (The Fall)
SKU: CLE-14025
Original Size: 50.4 x 35.5 cm
Location: Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Adam and Eve in Paradise (The Fall)

1531
Oil Painting
$882
Canvas Print
$47.9
Landscape with Apollo and Diana
SKU: CLE-14026
Original Size: 51.8 x 36.6 cm
Location: Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Landscape with Apollo and Diana

1530
Oil Painting
$875
Canvas Print
$47.9
John, Duke of Saxony
SKU: CLE-14027
Original Size: 65 x 44 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

John, Duke of Saxony

c.1537
Oil Painting
$514
Canvas Print
$68.64
The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara
SKU: CLE-14028
Original Size: 150.8 x 134.9 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

The Martyrdom of Saint Barbara

c.1510
Oil Painting
$3688
Canvas Print
$64.55
Saint Maurice
SKU: CLE-14029
Original Size: 137.2 x 39.4 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Saint Maurice

c.1522/25
Oil Painting
$1100
Canvas Print
$47.9
Samson and Delilah
SKU: CLE-14030
Original Size: 57.2 x 37.8 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Samson and Delilah

undated
Oil Painting
$626
Canvas Print
$51.89
Portrait of a Man with a Gold-Embroidered Cap
SKU: CLE-14031
Original Size: 50.8 x 36.5 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Portrait of a Man with a Gold-Embroidered Cap

1532
Oil Painting
$547
Canvas Print
$47.9
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
SKU: CLE-14032
Original Size: 89.5 x 61.9 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

c.1530
Oil Painting
$886
Canvas Print
$49.63
Venus with Cupid the Honey Thief
SKU: CLE-14033
Original Size: 36.3 x 25.2 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Venus with Cupid the Honey Thief

undated
Oil Painting
$548
Canvas Print
$47.9
Martin Luther
SKU: CLE-14034
Original Size: 33.3 x 23.2 cm
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art New York USA

Martin Luther

undated
Oil Painting
$514
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Magdeburg Theologians Dr. Johannes Schöner
SKU: CLE-14035
Original Size: 51.5 x 39 cm
Location: Royal Museums of Fine Arts Brussels Belgium

Portrait of Magdeburg Theologians Dr. Johannes Schöner

1529
Oil Painting
$638
Canvas Print
$48.2
Adam
SKU: CLE-14036
Original Size: 172 x 63 cm
Location: Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Italy

Adam

1528
Oil Painting
$628
Canvas Print
$47.9
Eve
SKU: CLE-14037
Original Size: 167 x 61 cm
Location: Galleria degli Uffizi Florence Italy

Eve

1528
Oil Painting
$638
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Martin Luther
SKU: CLE-14038
Original Size: 21 x 15 cm
Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Portrait of Martin Luther

1533
Oil Painting
$548
Canvas Print
$48.44
Portrait of Martin Luther as a Young Man
SKU: CLE-14039
Original Size: unknown
Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Portrait of Martin Luther as a Young Man

c.1520
Oil Painting
$599
Canvas Print
$48.44
A Hunt in Honor of Carlos V at Torgau Castle
SKU: CLE-14040
Original Size: 114 x 175 cm
Location: Prado Museum Madrid Spain

A Hunt in Honor of Carlos V at Torgau Castle

1544
Oil Painting
$4177
Canvas Print
$47.9
Madonna of the Grapes
SKU: CLE-14041
Original Size: 60 x 42 cm
Location: Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Madonna of the Grapes

c.1525
Oil Painting
$750
Canvas Print
$60.48
Reclining Water Nymph
SKU: CLE-14042
Original Size: 48 x 73 cm
Location: Musee des Beaux Arts Besancon France

Reclining Water Nymph

c.1540/50
Oil Painting
$662
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of King Christian II of Denmark
SKU: CLE-14043
Original Size: 55.2 x 38 cm
Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Portrait of King Christian II of Denmark

1523
Oil Painting
$570
Canvas Print
$50.34