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

Pietà beneath the Cross

c. 1510
Oil and tempera on limewood, 63 x 41 cm
Moravská Galerie, Brno

Cranach was undoubtedly inspired by his experiences in the Netherlands to create this unconventional panel. The Netherlandish influences are so strong that Cranach may well have embarked on this comparatively rare subject immediately after his return from there.