Flemish painting and De Jonckheere Gallery's old master paintings
Signed with a serpent bottom left. Circa 1537.
• Berlin, Collection of Miss. Basch, 1911;
• collection of Count Einsiedel;
• Berlin, November 1901, lot 98, anonymous sale;
Wittenberg 1515 - Weimar 1586
The Cranachs, a German family of painters, artists and engravers, were active in Saxony during the 16th century. The two sons of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hans and Lucas the Younger, followed the tradition inherited from their father. Lucas the Younger is mentioned as working in his father's studio at the age of fifteen. He took over in 1550.
Of the two brothers, Lucas the Younger was only one to adopt a more personal style. He distinguished himself through his expressive and highly meticulous portraits, showing a great independence in his choice of colours. A skilled painter and engraver, he was noticed by the prince-elector of Dresden, Augustus of Saxony, and appointed his painter in 1553. From 1565 to 1568, he became the burgomaster of Wittenberg, like his father.
An accomplished portrait painter, he developed a particularly decorative stylised and two-dimensional way of painting portraits. His mythological scenes and his paintings of manners were particularly popular.