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Lucas Cranach the Elder

by Robert J. Hughes
Some artists define their time, others are defined by it. Lucas Cranach the Elder was both. The great German Renaissance painter and printmaker lived during the tremendous upheaval of the Protestant Reformation, through a continuing evolution in painting in Europe, and his art reflects a Catholic tradition and a nascent Protestant outlook, always with his own somber, probing and sensual style. "Lucas Cranach et son temps," or "Lucas Cranach and his time," at the Musée de Luxembourg, the first exhibition to be devoted to him in France, gives us a good sense of the Cranach era and Cranach as an art... [more]
Posted by Robert J. Hughes on 4/30/11