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Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Let us learn more about the artist by examining a number of quotes from his career, both from Cranach himself but also from other related artists as well as some academics.

This was a strong character, someone who was not only a bold artist, but also a politician and deep thinking religious man. The lack of quotes from his lifetime is more about the years that have passed since his career took hold, rather than being a quiet or moderately-mannered man. On the contrary, he had much to say and over time, hopefully, more of his opinions in his native tongue will be translated into English. For the time being, we will just have to study what literature and art we do have remaining from his career and make whatever conclusions we can from that.

Famous Quotes by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Quotes about Lucas Cranach the Elder by Art Historians and Fellow Artists

Cranach the Elder, closely associated with the Protestant Reformation due to his close friendship with Martin Luther, created prints portraying Luther and his family, as well as other Protestant leaders. His other artwork often illustrated Protestant themes printed in pamphlets and distributed to proselytize the faith.

Lucas Cranach the Elder embodies the ideals of Renaissance man active not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as an entrepreneur and politician.

Cranach Digital Archive

Cranach, who was a close friend of Martin Luther, worked at the court of Saxony. The artist, who was famous for his landscapes, representations of animals and nudes, found Adam and Eve a subject which was ideally suited to his gifts and to which the Lutherans did not object. He and his workshop treated it many times in paintings and prints.

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Cranach had a large workshop and many of his works exist in different versions; his son Lucas Cranach the Younger and others continued to create versions of his father's works for decades after his death. He has been considered the most successful German artist of his time. He is commemorated in the liturgical calendars of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches.