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

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg as St Jerome in a Landscape

Staatliche Museen, Berlin

Albrecht of Brandenburg (1490-1545) was Elector and Archbishop of Mainz from 1514 to 1545, and Archbishop of Magdeburg from 1513 to 1545. He appears in the role of St Jerome in four paintings by Cranach. Two of them show the Church Father, alias Albrecht, in his study, and two in a landscape, though the latter two show him not as a penitent, but as an author, like the two indoor scenes.