CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)
Virgin and Child on a Crescent Moon1520-23
Oil and tempera on limewood, 90 x 60 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt
The figure kneeling in front of the apparition of the Virgin is the donor, Hieronymus Rudelauf (c. 1450-1523). He is accompanied by the family coat of arms. Rudelauf was one of the first students to matriculate in 1502-03 at the newly founded University of Wittenberg.
This panel, incorporating Cranach's formal properties, was executed in Cranach's workshop by an assistant.