Exhibition Lucas Cranach The Elder (Frankfurt) Reviews
Description:Frankfurt / Germany / 23.11.2007 - 17.02.2008 / An exhibition of Staedel Museum, Frankfurt and of the Royal Academy of ... more
Exhibition Lucas Cranach The Elder (Frankfurt) ... Arts, London. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), the great painter of the Reformation period, is the artist who, with his vast body of work, has probably exerted the most enduring influence on the German pictorial consciousness. He injected new life into traditional religious subjects but also created new forms of imagery for the reformed faith. In his erotic pictures, Cranach formulated a timeless ideal of feminine beauty, which was still capable of inspiring twentieth-century artists like Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti. How are we to account for Lucas Cranach's success? That question lies at the heart of this exhibition, in which the Staedel Museum is bringing together over a hundred selected works, all of high quality and drawn from every phase of his output, so as to provide a representative cross-section of his oeuvre.
Newest Review: ... perched. One picture is a fragment showing only such a landscape, no saint distracting from the details, so one can admire the masterful depiction of the trees and animals grazing in the distance and the town which one only too easily overlooks when the foreground shows a dramatic scene. Cranach's Catholic clientele loved his pictures of Madonnas and saints painted in the traditional manner. ... more
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by - written on 04/01/08, updated on 04/01/08 (Very useful, 368 readings)
Meet Lucas Cranach, one of Germany's greatest painters, designers on wood, engravers of copper plates, printer and bookseller, boss of a busy and successful workshop, owner of a pharmacy, dealer in wine and spices, estate agent, councillor and twice mayor of Wittenberg where he lived nearly all his life, a town roughly between Leipzig (Lipsia) and Berlin. The name doesn't ring a bell? If you aren't especially interested in art, you are excused as the man was born 536 years ago. :-) To be precise, he lived from 1472 to 1553. When I read that 113 of his pictures would be exhibited in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt/Main, I knew I had to see them. I'd ... Read the complete review