Lucas Cranach the Elder …1472 to 1553… was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He and his son were court painters to the Electors of Saxony and are known for portraits, both of German princes, princesses and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Cranach the Elder embraced the Protestant cause with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther.
He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint nude subjects drawn from mythology and religion. He had a large workshop and many works exist in different versions. His son, Lucas Cranach the Younger, continued to create versions of his father’s works for decades after his death.
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