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

Young Christ Adored by St John the Baptist

Oil on panel, 35 x 23 cm
Private collection

This refined small panel was executed likely for an elite individual of the Saxon court, in which Cranach served from 1504 until his death in 1553. The theme must have found favour in the Saxon court as in 1535 Cranach returned to it in a panel with various compositional modifications. The source of inspiration for the subject can be found in numerous Italian Renaissance paintings.

The panel is signed lower left with artist's device of a winged serpent with elevated wings and dated 1534.