Portrait of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Lucas Cranach the Elder Painting Reproductions Gallery 9 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

Christ and the Adulteress
Lucas Cranach the Elder
80.5 x 108.2 cm
Franconian Gallery Kronach Germany

Christ and the Adulteress

c.1520
Oil Painting
$2481
Canvas Print
$54.38
An Ill-Matched Pair
Lucas Cranach the Elder
86.7 x 58.5 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

An Ill-Matched Pair

c.1530
Oil Painting
$763
Canvas Print
$48.18
Allegory of Law and Mercy
Lucas Cranach the Elder
72.7 x 60.2 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Allegory of Law and Mercy

a.1529
Oil Painting
$853
Canvas Print
$59.8
Allegory of Law and Mercy
Lucas Cranach the Elder
72 x 59.7 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Allegory of Law and Mercy

a.1529
Oil Painting
$875
Canvas Print
$60.06
The Golden Age
Lucas Cranach the Elder
73.5 x 105.3 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

The Golden Age

c.1530
Oil Painting
$2051
Canvas Print
$50.16
Portrait of Christiane of Eulenau
Lucas Cranach the Elder
63.3 x 44.2 cm
State Gallery in the New Residence Bamberg Germany

Portrait of Christiane of Eulenau

1534
Oil Painting
$673
Canvas Print
$67.15
Lot and his Daughters
Lucas Cranach the Elder
65.7 x 48.5 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Lot and his Daughters

1533
Oil Painting
$846
Canvas Print
$76.47
The Sacrifice of Abraham
Lucas Cranach the Elder
83.5 x 116.7 cm
State Gallery in the New Residence Bamberg Germany

The Sacrifice of Abraham

1530
Oil Painting
$1125
Canvas Print
$50.95
The Pharaoh's Hosts Engulfed in the Red Sea
Lucas Cranach the Elder
83.2 x 118.8 cm
Staatsgalerie Aschaffenburg Germany

The Pharaoh's Hosts Engulfed in the Red Sea

1530
Oil Painting
$4935
Canvas Print
$50.82
Christ as the Man of Sorrows
Lucas Cranach the Elder
74.9 x 56.7 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Christ as the Man of Sorrows

a.1537
Oil Painting
$824
Canvas Print
$54.38
Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves
Lucas Cranach the Elder
52.5 x 30 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Christ Crucified between the Two Thieves

c.1515/20
Oil Painting
$718
Canvas Print
$47.9
Adam and Eve
Lucas Cranach the Elder
47.2 x 35.3 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Adam and Eve

undated
Oil Painting
$705
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg
Lucas Cranach the Elder
63.7 x 42.2 cm
Staatsgalerie Aschaffenburg Germany

Portrait of Joachim I Nestor, Elector of Brandenburg

1529
Oil Painting
$682
Canvas Print
$64.52
Portrait of Rudolph Agricola
Lucas Cranach the Elder
29.9 x 23 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Portrait of Rudolph Agricola

c.1532
Oil Painting
$482
Canvas Print
$47.9
Gabriel of Eyb, Bishop of Eichstatt, with Sts ...
Lucas Cranach the Elder
96.5 x 75 cm
State Gallery in the New Residence Bamberg Germany

Gabriel of Eyb, Bishop of Eichstatt, with Sts ...

1520
Oil Painting
$1174
Canvas Print
$56.23
The Virgin and Child with St Anne
Lucas Cranach the Elder
61 x 40 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

The Virgin and Child with St Anne

c.1516
Oil Painting
$658
Canvas Print
$58.56
Lot and his Daughters
Lucas Cranach the Elder
57 x 36.8 cm
Staatsgalerie Aschaffenburg Germany

Lot and his Daughters

1529
Oil Painting
$842
Canvas Print
$50.34
Portrait of Georg (the Bearded), Duke of Saxony
Lucas Cranach the Elder
43.3 x 32.6 cm
Staatsgalerie Aschaffenburg Germany

Portrait of Georg (the Bearded), Duke of Saxony

c.1534/37
Oil Painting
$630
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of Hans Melber
Lucas Cranach the Elder
60.2 x 39.5 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munich Germany

Portrait of Hans Melber

1526
Oil Painting
$672
Canvas Print
$57.07
Venus and Cupid as the Honey Thief
Lucas Cranach the Elder
175.4 x 66.3 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Venus and Cupid as the Honey Thief

a.1537
Oil Painting
$664
Canvas Print
$47.9
St Stephen, King of Hungary
Lucas Cranach the Elder
101 x 30.2 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

St Stephen, King of Hungary

c.1510
Oil Painting
$852
Canvas Print
$47.9
Portrait of a Jurist
Lucas Cranach the Elder
54.1 x 39 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg Germany

Portrait of a Jurist

1503
Oil Painting
$652
Canvas Print
$50.64
An Ill-Matched Pair
Lucas Cranach the Elder
91 x 61 cm
Art Collections of the Fortress Coburg Coburg Germany

An Ill-Matched Pair

c.1540
Oil Painting
$802
Canvas Print
$47.9
Lucretia
Lucas Cranach the Elder
57 x 38 cm
National Museum Stockholm Sweden

Lucretia

1528
Oil Painting
$608
Canvas Print
$51.98