CRANACH, Lucas the Younger
(b. 1515, Wittenberg, d. 1586, Weimar)
Apples are and old symbol of love. In Cranach's Caritas pictures apples appear as the traditional gift of love of Caritas. In the present painting Caritas is shown suckling her child and the tree is giving its fruit freely to the children and the personification of love of one's neighbour.