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

St Stephen of Hungary

Oil and tempera on limewood, 101 x 30 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

The medium-sized panel with the saintly king formed the left wing of an altar retable in several sections. It probably represents St Stephen (István) of Hungary. King Stephen I (969-1038) is the Hungarian national hero whose missionary projects among the heathen Magyars completed the conversion of the country to Christianity.