Monday, October 19, 2015

15C - 16C Images of Judith & Holofernes by Lucas Cranach c 1472-1553 & his workshop

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) was a German Renaissance painter & printmaker in woodcut & engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career & is known for his portraits of German princes & of leaders of the Protestant Reformation. He became a close friend of Martin Luther. He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and he later attempted to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint subjects drawn from mythology & religion. He had a large workshop & many works exist in different versions. He, too, was attracted to the tale of Judith & Holofernes.

1530-40s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Dining with Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious over Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious over Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious over Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious over Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious over Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith Victorious



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith with the Head of Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith with the Head of Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith with the Head of Holofernes



1530s Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Judith with the head of Holofernes and Her Servant


Cranch & his workshop also painted similar paintings of Salome with the head of St John the Baptist on a platter.



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist



Lucas Cranach (Northern Renaissance Painter, 1472-1553) and his workshop Salome withthe Head of St. John the Baptist


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