Against the backdrop of exhibitions in Worlitz and Wittenberg devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder
and his son (this year marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of Lucas Cranach the Younger), Sotheby's London is offering a market rarity by the German Renaissance master himself.
by Hans Baldung Grien and the incredible if pathetic Head of Christ Crowned with Thorns, 1520/5 by Lucas Cranach the Elder
This work by the 16th Century German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder
was once part of Adolf Hitler's private art collection.
The Royal Academy wanted to use the classic nude to advertise its forthcoming show on Lucas Cranach the Elder
, a 16th century German painter and printmaker who is known for his sensuous paintings.
The artworks located include two of the most important works from the Goudstikker collection, 'Adam and Eve' by Lucas Cranach the Elder
at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, as well as a major landscape painting by David Teniers the Younger in the Wallraf - Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany.
Turner, Isaac Newton, and Cranach the Elder
, is only the first of several collaborations he has planned with Forsythe to investigate the phenomenology of light.
sets images of witchcraft--engravings, woodcuts, broadsheets, book illustrations, some by well known artists (Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder
, Hans Baldung Grien)--within the context of contemporary understandings of sexuality, religion and morality, politics, and the new world.
You'll find a pointillist piece by Paul Signac; a flamboyantly rococo 18th century painting, "The Flute Lesson," that could make a bad greeting card; and a strangely intense little "Judith," by Lucas Cranach the Elder
, that's as small as a cigar box lid.
In his Elementorum rethorices libri duo of 1531, he ranks Grunewald with Durer and Lucas Cranach the Elder
(1472-1553): "In paintings," Melanchthon writes, "these differences can easily be detected.
101) A similar strategy appears consistently in the images, especially the prints, of Cranach the Elder
and Younger, for instance in the print Christ defeating the Pope as Three-headed Beast, in which the monster has the head of the Pope, a Turk, and a woman, perhaps the whore of Babylon.
For example, it is predicated that the shape of the "baluster shaped column" of the Shah Jahan period was derived from European sources such as a print of Cranach the Elder
dated 1531 (reproduced by the author) and brought to the Mughal court by the Jesuits.
Thankfully, strategically placed fig leaves and Christine's long blonde wig spared their (and our) blushes when they posed for GQ magazine for its version of the masterpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder