Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 4 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

Crucifixion
Lucas Cranach the Elder
138 x 99 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Crucifixion

1503
Oil Painting
$1076
Canvas Print
$51.61
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
38.5 x 25 cm
Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium

Adam and Eve

1521
Oil Painting
$615
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of a Woman
Lucas Cranach the Elder
58 x 39.8 cm
National Gallery of Art Washington USA

Portrait of a Woman

1522
Oil Painting
$509
Canvas Print
$55.4
Portrait of a Man
Lucas Cranach the Elder
57.6 x 38 cm
National Gallery of Art Washington USA

Portrait of a Man

1522
Oil Painting
$563
Canvas Print
$52.53
The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion
Lucas Cranach the Elder
50.8 x 34.6 cm
National Gallery of Art Washington USA

The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion

1536
Oil Painting
$608
Canvas Print
$47.9
Virgin and Child
Lucas Cranach the Elder
122 x 91 cm
University of Arizona Museum of Art Tucson USA

Virgin and Child

c.151314
Oil Painting
$944
Canvas Print
$54.12
Portrait of a Scholar
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40.6 x 26.4 cm
Lowe Art Museum at University of Miami Florida USA

Portrait of a Scholar

c.1515
Oil Painting
$541
Canvas Print
$47.9
A Tournament Scene
Lucas Cranach the Elder
29 x 41.6 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art Ohio USA

A Tournament Scene

1509
Paper Print
$43.91
St. George Slaying the Dragon
Lucas Cranach the Elder
16.3 x 12.7 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art Ohio USA

St. George Slaying the Dragon

c.1510/15
Paper Print
$43.91
Hunting near Hartenfels Castle
Lucas Cranach the Elder
116.8 x 170.2 cm
Cleveland Museum of Art Ohio USA

Hunting near Hartenfels Castle

1540
Oil Painting
$3621
Canvas Print
$49.63
Saint Christopher
Lucas Cranach the Elder
42 x 28 cm
Detroit Institute of Arts Michigan USA

Saint Christopher

1518/20
Oil Painting
$655
Canvas Print
$47.9
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
80 x 55.6 cm
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco California USA

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

c.1537/40
Oil Painting
$826
Canvas Print
$50.42
A Faun and His Family with a Slain Lion
Lucas Cranach the Elder
83 x 56.2 cm
J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles USA

A Faun and His Family with a Slain Lion

c.1526
Oil Painting
$679
Canvas Print
$48.44
Judgment of Paris
Lucas Cranach the Elder
50.8 x 36.4 cm
Saint Louis Art Museum Missouri USA

Judgment of Paris

1530
Oil Painting
$796
Canvas Print
$47.9
Melancholy
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Musee d'Unterlinden Colmar France

Melancholy

1532
Oil Painting
$634
Canvas Print
$51.61
Wife of Dr. Johann Reuss
Lucas Cranach the Elder
52.5 x 36.5 cm
Gemaldegalerie Berlin Germany

Wife of Dr. Johann Reuss

1503
Oil Painting
$620
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Adoration of the Kings
Lucas Cranach the Elder
39.5 x 27.5 cm
Private Collection

The Adoration of the Kings

undated
Oil Painting
$638
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Virgin and Child under an Apple Tree
Lucas Cranach the Elder
87 x 59 cm
The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia

The Virgin and Child under an Apple Tree

c.1520/26
Oil Painting
$868
Canvas Print
$48.84
The Ill-Matched Couple
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Museum of Fine Arts Budapest Hungary

The Ill-Matched Couple

1522
Oil Painting
$710
Canvas Print
$52.27
Portrait of Martin Luther
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40 x 26.6 cm
Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery Bristol United Kingdom

Portrait of Martin Luther

1525
Oil Painting
$497
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of a Woman
Lucas Cranach the Elder
88.5 x 58.5 cm
The State Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg Russia

Portrait of a Woman

1526
Oil Painting
$719
Canvas Print
$48.18
Portrait of Martin Luther, Aged 43
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
National Museum Stockholm Sweden

Portrait of Martin Luther, Aged 43

1525
Oil Painting
$500
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Johann the Steadfast
Lucas Cranach the Elder
41.3 x 31 cm
National Gallery London United Kingdom

Portrait of Johann the Steadfast

1509
Oil Painting
$555
Canvas Print
$47.9
Young Mother with Child (Penance of St. John ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
60 x 37 cm
Public Collection

Young Mother with Child (Penance of St. John ...

1525
Oil Painting
$568
Canvas Print
$47.9