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“A happy couple”, Atelier Lucas Cranach

Lucas Cranach the Elder (German: Lucas Cranach der Ältere) (Kronach, 1472 – Weimar, 16 October 1553) was a German painter, engraver and etcher of the Renaissance period.
He was the father of the painters Hans Cranach and Lucas Cranach the Younger.

“A happy couple”, Atelier Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranachde Younger
Tempera on panel 53 cm x 37 cm parquet.

Based on an apparently great commercial success, the pictorial theme of the unlikely couple became one of the most repeated themes in the Cranach workshop. The digital corpus of Cranach currently lists 129 works in this group of works alone. They all go back to a prototype made by Cranach the Elder. back, which is now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (inv. no. GG 895). This is dated around 1530. The pictorial theme can be traced back to antiquity, north of the Alps Jacopo de Barbari, Cranach's predecessor as court painter in Wittenberg, was probably the first to depict it. The important scholar and humanist Erasmus von Rotterdam anticipates the pictorial theme in his famous satire "Lof der dwaasheid(1509) and makes fun of those older, toothless, white-haired men who propose to young women. The young woman in Cranach the Elder .Ä. is dressed according to the latest fashions in the present version, her carefully coiffed hair is encircled by a hair net and she wears valuable necklaces. However, their eyes do not meet. While he may be thinking in anticipation of one of the nights to come, it seems in her imagination already in a promising future after his death


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