Lucas Cranach the Elder

9 07 2012

Lucas Cranach the Elder was born in 1492. Which makes him quite old. If he had lived to our time he would have made a great portfolio for a crime drama. He was a portrait painter. He painted the famous painting of Martin Luther. And others. His subjects are not at all attractive. But they are accurate. (I lived in the Flemish part of Belgium and you see these faces in the market every weekend.) He also painted nudes. Lots of them. All young women, very young women. With odd shaped bodies. Which is also accurate. Most of us have odd shaped bodies. (My head is huge.) And speaking of heads, Cranach created a lot of paintings of young women with males heads hanging from their fists. Cranach seemed obsessed with beheadings.

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