Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 6 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

Virgin and Child
Lucas Cranach the Elder
58 x 46 cm
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts Moscow Russia

Virgin and Child

c.1520
Oil Painting
$627
Canvas Print
$54.52
The Nativity with Adoring Child Angels
Lucas Cranach the Elder
29.2 x 48.3 cm
Public Collection

The Nativity with Adoring Child Angels

undated
Oil Painting
$582
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of a Young Woman
Lucas Cranach the Elder
41 x 27 cm
Finnish National Gallery Helsinki Finland

Portrait of a Young Woman

1525
Oil Painting
$570
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Suicide of Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
87.6 x 58.3 cm
State Gallery in the New Residence Bamberg Germany

The Suicide of Lucretia

c.1525/50
Oil Painting
$702
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of John I the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
57 x 37 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Portrait of John I the Steadfast, Elector of Saxony

1526
Oil Painting
$615
Canvas Print
$47.9
Charity
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Private Collection

Charity

undated
Oil Painting
$664
Canvas Print
$47.9
Judith with the Head of Holofernes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Private Collection

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

1530
Oil Painting
$892
Canvas Print
$49.37
The Virgin and Child
Lucas Cranach the Elder
unknown
Private Collection

The Virgin and Child

undated
Oil Painting
$638
Canvas Print
$47.9
Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
86 x 65 cm
Koninklijk Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp Belgium

Eve

undated
Oil Painting
$679
Canvas Print
$54.91
The Crucifixion
Lucas Cranach the Elder
42.6 x 28.6 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota USA

The Crucifixion

undated
Oil Painting
$809
Canvas Print
$47.9
Madonna and Child with Grapes
Lucas Cranach the Elder
57.1 x 34.6 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota USA

Madonna and Child with Grapes

c.1537
Oil Painting
$660
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Moritz Buchner
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40.6 x 27.3 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota USA

Portrait of Moritz Buchner

1518
Oil Painting
$628
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Anna Buchner
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40.6 x 27.3 cm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota USA

Portrait of Anna Buchner

c.1518/20
Oil Painting
$592
Canvas Print
$47.9
Christiane Eulenau
Lucas Cranach the Elder
20 x 14 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Christiane Eulenau

1534
Oil Painting
$496
Canvas Print
$47.9
Christ at the Column
Lucas Cranach the Elder
60 x 52.5 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Christ at the Column

1515
Oil Painting
$704
Canvas Print
$64.68
Paradise
Lucas Cranach the Elder
80 x 118 cm
Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister Dresden Germany

Paradise

1530
Oil Painting
$2242
Canvas Print
$49.5
Venus and Cupid as a Honeythief
Lucas Cranach the Elder
50.1 x 34.4 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Venus and Cupid as a Honeythief

c.1537
Oil Painting
$627
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Young Girl
Lucas Cranach the Elder
40 x 27 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of Young Girl

c.1525/30
Oil Painting
$655
Canvas Print
$47.9
A Finely Dressed Young Lady
Lucas Cranach the Elder
58.6 x 59.8 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

A Finely Dressed Young Lady

c.1530
Oil Painting
$673
Canvas Print
$68.51
Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
60.3 x 48.9 cm
Private Collection

Lucretia

undated
Oil Painting
$689
Canvas Print
$70.77
Portrait of a Young Lady Holding Grapes and Apples
Lucas Cranach the Elder
81.6 x 55 cm
Private Collection

Portrait of a Young Lady Holding Grapes and Apples

1528
Oil Painting
$829
Canvas Print
$49.37
David and Bathsheba
Lucas Cranach the Elder
115 x 79.3 cm
Private Collection

David and Bathsheba

1534
Oil Painting
$1125
Canvas Print
$49.5
Phyllis and Aristotle
Lucas Cranach the Elder
55.3 x 35.3 cm
Private Collection

Phyllis and Aristotle

1530
Oil Painting
$742
Canvas Print
$47.9
Old Man Beguiled by Courtesans
Lucas Cranach the Elder
81.9 x 120.9 cm
Private Collection

Old Man Beguiled by Courtesans

undated
Oil Painting
$1181
Canvas Print
$48.05