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    Artist Name:

    Lucas Cranach the Elder

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    German, 1472–1553


    Portrait of Duke Henry the Devout of Saxony




    Oil on panel


    22 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches

    Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs. Irma N. Straus in memory of her husband, Jesse Isidor Straus

    Accession Number:


    On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 201
    One of the masters of the German Renaissance, Lucas Cranach was a follower and friend of Martin Luther and a strong defender of the Protestant Reformation. In 1505 Duke Frederick the Wise of Saxony summoned Cranach to Wittenburg, where he remained as court painter for the rest of his life. Cranach made several portraits of Henry the Devout (1473–1541), one of Frederick’s successors. In this painting, the sturdy torso and powerful head with carefully delineated features convey the duke’s forceful character.

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