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THE PAINTER OF THE REFORMATION:
Lucas Cranach the Elderly

1472-1553

Lucas Cranach the Elderly

Lucas Cranach the Elderly was born in the Upper Franconian town of Kronach in 1472, the son of an artist. Upon completing his service as apprentice to his father, Lucas Cranach went on the road as a journeyman, Vienna being his first stop. Then, in 1505 he was appointed to the court of Frederick III the Wise of Saxony in Wittenberg as its official painter. In the years that followed, Lucas Cranach would develop his workshop into a versatile artistic manufactory. The workshop is where he established his friendships with Martin Luther and Philipp Melanchthon. Cranach and his wife were witnesses to Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora's wedding. The painter even served as Godfather to the pair’s first son, Johnannes.

Alongside his workshop, Cranach was in business as an apothecary, owned a printing press and later opened a book shop as well. Cranach was one of the richest and most highly respected citizens of Wittenberg. He served on Wittenberg's town council for many years and also held the office of mayor a number of times. In 1547, his employer – John the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony – was defeated by imperial troops at the Battle of Mühlberg and taken prisoner.

Two years later, Cranach accompanied the Duke to his new residential palace at Weimar. In the meantime, Cranach had passed his workshop – from which up to five thousand paintings are said to have hailed – on to his son, known to us as Lucas Cranach the Younger. Lucas Cranach the Elder passed away on 16 October 1553, at what was then the extremely advanced age of 81, in his daughter’s home in Weimar, where he was buried at St. James's Cemetery (Jakobsfriedhof). Lucas Cranach was not just the most typical painter of the Reformation. The fact that his graphic art was included in the most important texts of the Age of Reformation made him a vital contributor to the spiritual debate of his time.

Overview

Born on the 4th. October 1472 in Kronach, Upper Franconia
Died on October 16, 1553 in Weimar
Friend of Luther
Godfather of Luther's eldest son

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