“ Frankfurt / Germany / 23.11.2007 - 17.02.2008 „
An exhibition of Staedel Museum, Frankfurt and of the Royal Academy of 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.