February 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 43

Foam Batik

Postcard watercolor, 5X7, Matted

Lucas Cranach (1472- 1573) began as a most promising painter in Germany. That changed with his embrace of the Protestant Reformation. He was a friend of Luther’s who worked closely with Cranach. One could say his work was a true response to the Reformation. His figures are gothic and stiff, and lack the expression of the Renaissance. Paul Johnson writes in Art A New History, “Cranach is an uneven painter, known chiefly for his emaciated high breast nudes, Eves and the like, which would have disgusted Michelangelo and made Titian laugh.”