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

The Good Thief on the Cross

Black and white chalk on reddish paper, 226 x 121 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This drawing and its pendant representing the Bad Thief reveal an energetic, undulating linear style. For a heightened expressiveness Cranach sacrificed anatomical accuracy.