Lucas Cranach the Elder
Nationality & Life Dates:
Portrait of Duke Henry the Devout of Saxony
Oil on panel
22 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches
Gift of Mrs. Irma N. Straus in memory of her husband, Jesse Isidor Straus
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.