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

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

c. 1530
Pen and dark brown ink over black pencil
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Representation of this subject, with its didactic and moralising content, were popular among Protestants, and the number of variants on the theme is correspondingly large. The Cranach workshop produced them mainly from the 1530s.