This month's London highlights include a secular panel painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder
and a Bonington coastal landscape.
German painters are also globally competitive, including Albrecht Altdorfer, Lucas Cranach the Elder
, Matthias Grunewald, Hans Holbein the Younger and the well-known Albrecht Durer in the Renaissance period; Cosmas Damian Asam from the Baroque period; and modern artists Anselm Kiefer, romantic Caspar David Friedrich, the surrealist Max Ernst, the conceptualist Joseph Beuys, or Wolf Vostell or the neo-expressionist Georg Baselitz.
Lucas Cranach the Elder
was given the symbol of a serpent with bat wings by the elector of Saxony after he was hired as the court artist, while the lamb was one of the "logos" for Martin Luther, the controversial reformer and thorn in the side of the Roman Catholic church of his day.
Painter, engraver, designer of woodcuts, Lucas Cranach the Elder
lived and worked during the last part of the Renaissance and embodied the integrative qualities valued by his age.
WHILST alone in Innsbruck in 1550, Lucas Cranach the Elder
painted the self-portrait now in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence: a hale, upright old man, suntanned for all the saline driftwood pallor of his spindling beard, his eyes still sharp, though bereft of a little of their light.
Artists such as Botticelli, Lucas Cranach the Elder
, Antonio Canova, Raphael and Rubens have depicted the trio of goddess from Greek mythology, who represent joy, charm and beauty.
The Louvre has already scraped together 3 mln euros for "The Three Graces", an oil painting of three nudes by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder
, but is a million euros short of the price tag set by the work's private owners.
Rather, the works emanating from his series of performance-based pieces called Drawing Restraint, of which there are 18 numbers, or episodes (thus far), are presented in tandem with a selection of Northern Renaissance prints and paintings, most with explicit Christian iconography, from various collections in the surrounding region by the artists Hans Baldung Grien, Lucas Cranach the Elder
, Albrecht Durer, Hendrick Goltzius, Urs Graf, Martin Schongauer, and a few others.
It is one of 1,000 treasuresAuranging from paintings by Albrecht Duerer and Lucas Cranach the Elder
to 16th-century jewels and an 18th-century harlequin suitAuon display in the newly refurbished art-gallery section of NurembergAAEs vast Germanisches Nationalmuseum, opened Friday to the public.
Two works have been added to Compton Verney's collection of German art, Including a recently-Installed painting, Hercules and Antaeus, by Lucas Cranach the Elder
(1472-1553), one of Germany's most Important artists.
DR SUSAN FOISTER of the National Gallery will be talking about the role of Lucas Cranach the Elder
in the early 16th-century court of Saxony, Germany and Hans Holbein the Younger in London in a talk tomorrow at Compton Verney at 1pm.
The historiography of Lucas Cranach the Elder
extends back to the sixteenth century.