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  • Copyright: 2008-03-01
  • Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
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Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the most versatile artists of the German Renaissance, a staunch supporter of the Reformation, and a close friend of Martin Luther. The foremost member of a German family of artists, Cranachs activities as a painter, printmaker and book illustrator reveal his distinctly individual manner and helped him to create a highly successful workshop. Financially more successful than his contemporary Dürer, his impact on the development of German painting was profound. He created striking portraits and expressive devotional works, but also produced his own brand of erotic female nude, as well as mythological and classical subjects. This book records the first major survey of Cranach to be held in Britain. Beautifully produced, with insightful essays, it is illustrated with over a hundred works which represent the range and quality of the work of this important artist.

Author Biography

Bodo Brinkmann is Curator of Northern Renaissance Painting at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt.

Table of Contents

Patron's Forewordp. 6
Presidents Forewordp. 9
Lenders to the Exhibitionp. 12
Acknowledgementsp. 13
The Smile of the Madonna: Lucas Cranach, a Serial Painterp. 17
'...that you paint with wonderful speed': Virtuosity and Efficiency in the Artistic Practice of Lucas Cranach the Elderp. 29
'The Italians, who usually pursue fame, proffer their hand to you': Lucas Cranach and the Art of Humanismp. 49
Cranach's Paintings of Charity in the Theological and Humanist Spirit of Luther and Melanchthonp. 63
With Cranach's Help: Counter-Reformation Art before the Council of Trentp. 81
Cranach's Contact with the Netherlands: Pointers from a Journey Observedp. 91
The Veil of Venus: A Metaphor of Seeing in Lucas Cranach the Elderp. 99
Prologue: A Landscapep. 112
Sturm und Drang in Viennap. 115
Influences: The Netherlands and Italyp. 137
The Art of Being a Court Painterp. 149
The Pictorial World of the Protestantsp. 185
The Tradition of the Sacredp. 217
The Observer of Peoplep. 257
Models for Mass Productionp. 289
Entertaining and Teachingp. 297
The Flowering of the Nudep. 325
The Painter's Sons: Hans and Lucas the Youngerp. 369
Bibliographyp. 388
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 393
Indexp. 394
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