Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 8 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

The Virgin with the Christ Child, Saint John and Angels
SKU: CLE-14169
Original Size: 121.3 x 83.4 cm
Location: Prado Museum Madrid Spain

The Virgin with the Christ Child, Saint John and Angels

1536
Oil Painting
$921
Canvas Print
$50.69
Judith and Holofernes
SKU: CLE-14170
Original Size: 21 x 14 cm
Location: Private Collection

Judith and Holofernes

undated
Oil Painting
$530
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lucretia
SKU: CLE-14171
Original Size: 37 x 27 cm
Location: Private Collection

Lucretia

undated
Oil Painting
$522
Canvas Print
$47.9
Hercules and Omphale
SKU: CLE-14172
Original Size: 82 x 119 cm
Location: Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum Braunschweig Germany

Hercules and Omphale

1537
Oil Painting
$1153
Canvas Print
$50.03
The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion
SKU: CLE-14173
Original Size: 61 x 42 cm
Location: Yale University Art Gallery Connecticut USA

The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion

1538
Oil Painting
$879
Canvas Print
$61.49
St Barbara
SKU: CLE-14174
Original Size: 61 x 20 cm
Location: Museum Mayer van der Berg Antwerp Belgium

St Barbara

undated
Oil Painting
$587
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Virgin with Child with a Bunch Grapes
SKU: CLE-14175
Original Size: 71 x 44 cm
Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid Spain

The Virgin with Child with a Bunch Grapes

c.1510
Oil Painting
$874
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint Christopher
SKU: CLE-14176
Original Size: 85 x 31 cm
Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid Spain

Saint Christopher

c.1514
Oil Painting
$575
Canvas Print
$47.9
Saint George
SKU: CLE-14177
Original Size: 85 x 30 cm
Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid Spain

Saint George

c.1514
Oil Painting
$600
Canvas Print
$47.9
Emperor Charles V
SKU: CLE-14178
Original Size: 51 x 36 cm
Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid Spain

Emperor Charles V

1533
Oil Painting
$514
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Nymph of the Spring
SKU: CLE-14179
Original Size: 48 x 73 cm
Location: National Gallery of Art Washington USA

The Nymph of the Spring

1537
Oil Painting
$673
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Nymph at the Fountain
SKU: CLE-14180
Original Size: 75 x 120 cm
Location: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum Madrid Spain

The Nymph at the Fountain

c.1530/34
Oil Painting
$848
Canvas Print
$47.9
A Prince of Saxony
SKU: CLE-14181
Original Size: 43.7 x 34.4 cm
Location: National Gallery of Art Washington USA

A Prince of Saxony

c.1517
Oil Painting
$608
Canvas Print
$47.9
A Princess of Saxony
SKU: CLE-14182
Original Size: 43.4 x 34.3 cm
Location: National Gallery of Art Washington USA

A Princess of Saxony

c.1517
Oil Painting
$621
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Judgment of Paris
SKU: CLE-14183
Original Size: 50 x 38 cm
Location: National Gallery of Denmark Copenhagen Denmark

The Judgment of Paris

1527
Oil Painting
$823
Canvas Print
$47.9
(Marriage of St Catherine) The Virgin and Child ...
SKU: CLE-14184
Original Size: 119.6 x 96.5 cm
Location: Anhalt Art Gallery Dessau Germany

(Marriage of St Catherine) The Virgin and Child ...

1516
Oil Painting
$1465
Canvas Print
$56.36
Portrait of Count Palatine Philipp of the Rhein, ...
SKU: CLE-14185
Original Size: 51.4 x 37.4 cm
Location: Anhalt Art Gallery Dessau Germany

Portrait of Count Palatine Philipp of the Rhein, ...

1528
Oil Painting
$546
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Margaretha of Savoy, Governor of the ...
SKU: CLE-14186
Original Size: 48.7 x 34.5 cm
Location: Anhalt Art Gallery Dessau Germany

Portrait of Margaretha of Savoy, Governor of the ...

c.1530
Oil Painting
$582
Canvas Print
$47.9
Princes' Altarpiece
SKU: CLE-14187
Original Size: unknown
Location: Anhalt Art Gallery Dessau Germany

Princes' Altarpiece

c.1507/09
Oil Painting
$1688
Canvas Print
$63.76
The Holy Family Surrounded by Angels
SKU: CLE-14188
Original Size: 78.1 x 29.8 cm
Location: Anhalt Art Gallery Dessau Germany

The Holy Family Surrounded by Angels

c.1510/15
Oil Painting
$879
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of the Chancellor Gregor Bruck
SKU: CLE-14189
Original Size: 42.6 x 38.4 cm
Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Portrait of the Chancellor Gregor Bruck

1533
Oil Painting
$634
Canvas Print
$47.9
Georg (the Bearded), Duke of Saxony
SKU: CLE-14190
Original Size: 30 x 22.7 cm
Location: Art Collections of the Fortress Coburg Coburg Germany

Georg (the Bearded), Duke of Saxony

1524
Oil Painting
$525
Canvas Print
$47.9
The Virgin and Child with St John as a Boy
SKU: CLE-14191
Original Size: 67.4 x 45.4 cm
Location: Art Collections of the Fortress Coburg Coburg Germany

The Virgin and Child with St John as a Boy

c.1530
Oil Painting
$807
Canvas Print
$49.24
An Ill-Matched Pair
SKU: CLE-14192
Original Size: 77 x 57 cm
Location: Franconian Gallery Kronach Germany

An Ill-Matched Pair

1528
Oil Painting
$826
Canvas Print
$52.93