Lucas Cranach Famiglia del fauno, ca 1530 olio su tavola, 59,8 x 42 x 2,5 cm LWL‐Landesmuseum Für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Westfälisches Landesmuseum) permanent loan Westfälischer Kunstverein
Lucas Cranach Il suicidio di Lucrezia, 1525 olio su tavola
41,5 x 28,5 cm Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister ‐ Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
Lucas Cranach Giuditta con la testa di Oloferne, 1526
olio su tavola, 87,3 x 57,4 cm Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister ‐ Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel
Lucas Cranach Caccia in onore di Ferdinando I, 1545 olio su tavola, 118 x 177 cm Museo Nacional del Prado Madrid
Lucas Cranach (1472-1553), court painter to Frederick the Wise of Saxony for fifty years and head of a large and very busy studio in Wittenberg, introduced new subjects into German painting, particularly a complete new imagery of the nude and the erotic, as well as humanistic themes and a particularly incisive and innovative portraiture. Classical subjects were presented with a new look, that was "non-classical", captivating, sensual, and brilliantly painted. Cranach was a leading figure of "another Renaissance", which was different from the classicism theorized and practiced by his great contemporary Albrecht Dürer, as well as from the Italian Renaissance. He was a court artist, but in an innovative way: one who was able to establish a completely new and visually very attractive formal language.
The exhibition aims to provide an overall view of the artistic production of a Renaissance painter, court artist and innovator who was attached to the Flemish tradition, but also influenced by the new developments in Italian painting. The Galleria Borghese will host about 45 of Cranach's most significant works, which come from the leading public collections in Europe and the United States. Several of them will be shown for the first time outside their permanent collection, while ten woodcuts demonstrate Cranach's incredible virtuosity and inventiveness in the graphic medium.