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

Plague Picture

Oil and tempera on limewood, 75 x 56 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

In this highly original devotional picture Cranach combines Mary and Jesus in a plague picture. In the upper part God the Father aims his bow with three arrows downwards upon men who had fallen into sinful ways, the arrows representing plague, hunger and war. On the left it is watched by the Man of Sorrows kneeling on a T-shaped cross. On the right the Virgin of the Protective Cloak is seeking the grace of God for sinful humanity.