CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)

Altarpiece (second opening)

Wolfgangskirche, Schneeberg

Lucas Cranach the Elder's Schneeberg Altarpiece is the first retable known to have been created for an evangelical church. It was installed in the Church of St Wolfgang in Schneeberg, a prosperous silver-mining town in the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) of southern Saxony in 1539, where it provided a suitable focal point for the liturgical rituals of local Lutherans for nearly hundred years. In 1633, at the height of the Thirty Years’ War, it was stolen by imperial troops. During its history, it was dismantled, later partly reinstalled in Baroque environment. Now it is reconstructed in modern frame.

The picture shows the altarpiece in the modern frame, second opening.