Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Woman, a Murder, & The Bible - 15C - 16C Judith & Holofernes by Lucas Cranach c 1472-1553 & his workshop

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

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 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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