Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 5 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
SKU: CLE-14068
Original Size: 56.5 x 39.3 cm
Location: Private Collection

Lucretia

undated
Oil Painting
$637
Canvas Print
$49.24
Lucretia
SKU: CLE-14069
Original Size: unknown
Location: Private Collection

Lucretia

a.1537
Oil Painting
$676
Canvas Print
$52.27
Portrait of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous
SKU: CLE-14070
Original Size: 42 x 31.2 cm
Location: National Gallery London United Kingdom

Portrait of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous

1509
Oil Painting
$684
Canvas Print
$47.9
Christ
SKU: CLE-14071
Original Size: 26.7 x 17.5 cm
Location: Private Collection

Christ

undated
Oil Painting
$523
Canvas Print
$47.9
Adam and Eve
SKU: CLE-14072
Original Size: 117 x 80 cm
Location: Courtauld Institute of Art London United Kingdom

Adam and Eve

1526
Oil Painting
$1250
Canvas Print
$49.24
Venus
SKU: CLE-14073
Original Size: 37.7 x 24.5 cm
Location: Stadel Museum Frankfurt Germany

Venus

1532
Oil Painting
$530
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Feast of Herod
SKU: CLE-14074
Original Size: 81.3 x 119.4 cm
Location: Wadsworth Atheneum Hartford USA

The Feast of Herod

1531
Oil Painting
$2366
Canvas Print
$49.5
Pyramus and Thisbe
SKU: CLE-14075
Original Size: 58 x 39.2 cm
Location: State Gallery in the New Residence Bamberg Germany

Pyramus and Thisbe

c.1515/20
Oil Painting
$874
Canvas Print
$54.57
Christ as the Man of Sorrows with the Virgin and ...
SKU: CLE-14076
Original Size: 56.5 x 76.5 cm
Location: Hamburger Kunsthalle Hamburg Germany

Christ as the Man of Sorrows with the Virgin and ...

undated
Oil Painting
$840
Canvas Print
$53.86
Portrait of John Frederic the Magnanimous Elector ...
SKU: CLE-14077
Original Size: 54.3 x 54 cm
Location: Fuji Art Museum Tokyo Japan

Portrait of John Frederic the Magnanimous Elector ...

1533
Oil Painting
$567
Canvas Print
$70.37
Philipp Melanchthon
SKU: CLE-14078
Original Size: 19 x 13.3 cm
Location: Private Collection

Philipp Melanchthon

undated
Oil Painting
$496
Canvas Print
$47.9
Duchess Katharina of Mecklenburg
SKU: CLE-14079
Original Size: 185 x 82.5 cm
Location: Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Duchess Katharina of Mecklenburg

1514
Oil Painting
$1129
Canvas Print
$47.9
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg Kneeling before ...
SKU: CLE-14080
Original Size: 158.4 x 112.4 cm
Location: Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg Kneeling before ...

c.1520/29
Oil Painting
$875
Canvas Print
$50.16
Katharina Luther
SKU: CLE-14081
Original Size: unknown
Location: Public Collection

Katharina Luther

1528
Oil Painting
$517
Canvas Print
$47.9
George the Bearded
SKU: CLE-14100
Original Size: unknown
Location: Public Collection

George the Bearded

undated
Oil Painting
$548
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Good Shepherd
SKU: CLE-14101
Original Size: unknown
Location: Angermuseum Erfurt Germany

The Good Shepherd

undated
Oil Painting
$560
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portait of Katharina von Bora
SKU: CLE-14102
Original Size: unknown
Location: Private Collection

Portait of Katharina von Bora

undated
Oil Painting
$568
Canvas Print
$47.9
Melancholia
SKU: CLE-14103
Original Size: unknown
Location: Private Collection

Melancholia

undated
Oil Painting
$621
Canvas Print
$47.9
St. Peter
SKU: CLE-14104
Original Size: 26.7 x 17.2 cm
Location: Private Collection

St. Peter

undated
Oil Painting
$522
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of a Young Lady
SKU: CLE-14105
Original Size: unknown
Location: Private Collection

Portrait of a Young Lady

c.1350
Oil Painting
$729
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Christ Child Blessing the Infant St. John the ...
SKU: CLE-14106
Original Size: unknown
Location: Private Collection

The Christ Child Blessing the Infant St. John the ...

undated
Oil Painting
$519
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Helena with the True Cross
SKU: CLE-14107
Original Size: 41 x 27 cm
Location: Cincinnati Art Museum Ohio USA

Saint Helena with the True Cross

1525
Oil Painting
$591
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Death of Lucretia
SKU: CLE-14108
Original Size: 194 x 75 cm
Location: Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

The Death of Lucretia

c.1524
Oil Painting
$637
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Last Supper with Luther amongst the Apostles
SKU: CLE-14109
Original Size: unknown
Location: Public Collection

The Last Supper with Luther amongst the Apostles

1547
Oil Painting
$1262
Canvas Print
$69.17