Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Crucifixion with Cardinal

Crucifixion with Cardinal
Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472 – 1553
oil on panel (158 × 112 cm) — between 1520 and 1529
John 19:25 - Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg kneels on a pillow before the crucified Jesus.

Lucas Cranach made this painting for the cardinal while he was a friend and follower of Martin Luther, the German church reformer. Luther was involved in a theological battle with the cardinal's catholic church.

Albrecht of Brandenburg was also a long time employer of Cranach's contemporary Matthias Grünewald.
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