Religious themes (from 1516)
by Lucas CRANACH the Elder

Lucas Cranach developed a close friendship with Martin Luther. He accompanied Luther's tracts against Catholics with a number of particularly cutting illustrative schemes. He produced allegories of Law and Justice and paintings of Christ summoning the children, or showing mercy to the adulteress, each of which was produced in large numbers,

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Nativity
1515-20
Oil and tempera on limewood, 32 x 25 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

948*1200
True Color
123 Kb



The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine
c. 1516
Oil and tempera on limewood, 68 x 47 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

1000*1432
True Color
192 Kb



The Mystic Marriage of St Catherine (detail)
c. 1516
Oil and tempera on limewood
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

843*750
True Color
121 Kb



The Annunciation to Joachim
1516-18
Oil on panel, 61 x 51 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

806*1001
True Color
130 Kb



Plague Picture
1516-18
Oil and tempera on limewood, 75 x 56 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

1000*1346
True Color
202 Kb



Plague Picture (detail)
1516-18
Oil and tempera on limewood
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

1041*1400
True Color
176 Kb



Plague Picture (detail)
1516-18
Oil and tempera on limewood
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

1071*1400
True Color
187 Kb



Christ and the Virgin Mary (or Mary Magdalen)
1515-20
Oil and tempera on parchment laid down on oak, 34 x 53 cm
Schlossmuseum, Gotha

1400*926
True Color
110 Kb



Christ's Head with Crown of Thorns
1520-25
Oil and tempera on limewood, 28 x 21 cm
Private collection

600*807
True Color
80 Kb



The Fall of Man
1525
Oil on panel, diameter 15 cm
Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg

713*700
True Color
91 Kb



St Maurice
1520-25
Oil on linden panel, 135 x 38 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

450*1581
True Color
233 Kb



Young Mother with Child
1520s
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 60 x 37 cm
Wartburg-Stiftung, Eisenach

875*1400
True Color
194 Kb



Young Mother with Child (detail)
1520s
Oil and tempera on red beechwood
Wartburg-Stiftung, Eisenach

1000*1290
True Color
207 Kb



St Mary Magdalen
1525
Oil and tempera on beechwood, 48 x 30 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

800*1303
True Color
207 Kb



Law and Gospel
1529
Limewood panel
Schlossmuseum, Gotha

1537*800
True Color
198 Kb



Christ and the Adulteress
1532
Oil on panel, 83 x 121 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

1478*1000
True Color
182 Kb



Christ and the Adulteress (detail)
1532
Wood
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

704*900
True Color
111 Kb



Christ Blessing the Children
1535-40
Oil and tempera on beechwood, 84 x 122 cm
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

1453*1000
True Color
208 Kb



Christ Blessing the Children (detail)
1535-40
Oil and tempera on beechwood
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

1100*1464
True Color
208 Kb



The Crucifixion with the Converted Centurion
1536
Oil on panel, 51 x 35 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

434*700
True Color
92 Kb



Young Christ Adored by St John the Baptist
1534
Oil on panel, 35 x 23 cm
Private collection

788*1200
True Color
171 Kb




Summary of works by Lucas Cranach the Elder
Paintings
altar retables | representations of the Virgin | St Jerome
religious themes until 1515 | from 1516
biblical scenes | biblical nudes
mythological nudes | Venus and Lucretia | allegorical scenes
portraits until 1515 | 1516-1526 | from 1527
miscellaneous paintings
Graphics
drawings | woodcuts