Court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, Lucas Cranach the Elder exerted a profound influence on German culture of the 16th century. Martin Luther (whose cause he embraced enthusiastically) and a contemporary of the painter, printmaker, and theorist Albrecht Dürer, Cranach took Northern European art in new directions. He is known for his portraits, but also for his religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, but later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran concerns through art.
In this talk, Richard Williams, author, lecturer and learning curator for the Royal Collection Trust at Windsor Castle, questions whether Cranach’s work can, however, be understood as part of a ’Renaissance’ in Northern Europe in parallel to Italy or whether he represents something quite different.
This is one of a series of four talks which explores the lives and works of key artists from history. You may also like to consider: