Portraits (from 1527)
by Lucas CRANACH the Elder

The Reformation provided Cranach with a new subject area. Cranach offered himself as a pictorial propagandist for the new cause. In 1520 he executed the portrait - first an engraving - of Martin Luther, whose image from then on was shaped and reshaped by Cranach's creations. Painted portraits of Luther were produced by the hundreds in the Cranach workshop. From 1525 Luther's portrait was mainly produced in the form of a pair with a pendant depicting either his wife Katharina von Bora or Philipp Melanchton.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Portraits of Hans Luther and Margaretha Luther
1527
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 38 x 25 cm (each)
Wartburg-Stiftung, Eisenach

1320*1000
True Color
174 Kb



Portrait of Hans Luther (detail)
1527
Oil and tempera on red beechwood
Wartburg-Stiftung, Eisenach

900*1209
True Color
175 Kb



Portrait of Margaretha Luther (detail)
1527
Oil and tempera on red beechwood
Wartburg-Stiftung, Eisenach

900*1182
True Color
188 Kb



Portrait of Frederick the Wise in Old Age
1527
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 40 x 23 cm
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt

1000*1481
True Color
171 Kb



Portrait of a Bearded Man
1527
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 28 x 35 cm
Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen

1282*1000
True Color
87 Kb



Portrait Diptych of Martin Luther and his Wife Katharina von Bora
1529
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 38 x 24 cm (each)
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt

1400*1019
True Color
185 Kb



Portraits of Martin Luther and Catherine Bore
1529
Oil on wood, 37 x 23 cm (each)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

1030*829
True Color
102 Kb



Diptych with the Portraits of Luther and his Wife
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Oil on wood, 38 x 24 cm
Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan

1035*770
True Color
103 Kb



Martin Luther
c. 1532
Oil on beech panel, 33 x 23 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

849*1200
True Color
198 Kb



Portrait of Dr. Johannes Scheyring
1529
Panel
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

703*1032
True Color
121 Kb



Portrait of a Young Woman
c. 1530
Oil on wood, 42 x 29 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

700*1086
True Color
128 Kb



Portrait of a Young Woman
1525-35
Oil on limewood panel, 37 x 25 cm
Private collection

602*931
True Color
66 Kb



Portrait of Princess Maria of Saxony
1534
Oil and tempera on red beechwood, 51 x 36 cm
Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt

950*1312
True Color
213 Kb



Johannes Carion
c. 1530
Beech panel, 52 x 37 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1000*1409
True Color
170 Kb



Portrait of a Man with a Gold Embroidered Cap
1532
Oil and gold on beech panel, 51 x 36 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1023*1400
True Color
239 Kb



Portrait of a Man with a Gold Embroidered Cap (detail)
1532
Oil and gold on beech panel
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

500*567
True Color
53 Kb



Portrait of Charles V
1533
Oil on panel, 51 x 36 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

700*1032
True Color
82 Kb



Portraits of Johann I and Frederick III the Wise, Electors of Saxony
1533
Oil on wood, 20 x 15 cm (each)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

1017*750
True Color
150 Kb



Portrait of Elector Friedrich III the Wise of Saxony
after 1532
Oil on panel, 80 x 49 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

900*1473
True Color
116 Kb



Portrait of Elector Frederick the Wise
1530s
Oil on panel, 13 x 15 cm
Private collection

541*499
True Color
46 Kb



Portrait of Elector John the Steadfast
1530s
Oil on panel, 13 x 15 cm
Private collection

535*499
True Color
40 Kb



Friedrich III, the Wise, and Johann I, the Constant, Electors of Saxony
1533
Oil on beech panel with letterpress-printed paper label, 21 x 15 cm (each)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1459*1000
True Color
248 Kb



Friedrich III, the Wise, Elector of Saxony
1533
Oil on beech panel with letterpress-printed paper label, 21 x 15 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

693*1000
True Color
184 Kb



Johann I, the Constant, Elector of Saxony
1533
Oil on beech panel with letterpress-printed paper label, 21 x 15 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

706*1000
True Color
182 Kb



Johann I, the Constant, Elector of Saxony
1532-33
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, with letterpress-printed paper label, 21 x 15 cm (each)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

718*1000
True Color
191 Kb



Georg the Bearded, Duke of Saxony
1534-35
Oil on beech panel, 64 x 43 cm
Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig

826*1200
True Color
212 Kb



Johann, Duke of Saxony
1534-37
Oil on beech panel, 65 x 44 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

900*1327
True Color
195 Kb



Saxon Princesses Sibylla, Emilia and Sidonia
c. 1535
Oil on limewood, 62 x 89 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

1327*900
True Color
178 Kb



Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam
1530-36
Oil on beech wood, 19 x 15 cm
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

1028*1300
True Color
136 Kb



Portrait of a Young Girl
c. 1540
Oil on wood, 39 x 25 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

714*1100
True Color
91 Kb



Portrait of Martin Luther
1543
Panel
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

701*998
True Color
107 Kb



Portraits of Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon
1543
Oil on wood, 21 x 16 cm (each)
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

700*466
True Color
52 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