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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cranach, Lucas the Elder


The Fountain of Youth
1546
Lime panel, 122,5 x 186,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving.
He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther.