Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/10/04

October 4, 1515

English: Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cra...

English: Portrait of Pietro Bembo by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586). Oil on beech. 19.4 x 14.5 cm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[ C ] Lucas Cranach the Younger - Portrait of ...

[ C ] Lucas Cranach the Younger – Portrait of a Woman (Photo credit: Cea.)

Lucas Cranach the Younger was a German Renaissance painter October 4, 1515 – January 25, 1586.

According to Wikipedia:

He was the youngest son of Lucas Cranach the Elder and Barbara Brengebier, and he began his career as an apprentice in his father’s workshop alongside his brother, Hans. Henceforth, his own reputation and fame grew. After his father’s death, he assumed control over the workshop. He lived in the city of Kronach, in Franconia, Germany.

On February 20, 1541, he married Barbara Brück, who went on to bear three sons and a daughter. She died February 10, 1550, and thereafter Cranach remarried, wedding Magdalena Schurff on May 24, 1551. This union produced three daughters and two sons, including Augustin Cranach.

He is known for portraits and simple versions of allegorical and mythical scenes. The style of his paintings can be so similar to those of his father that there have been some difficulties in attribution of their works.

His daughter Elisabeth married the theologian Polykarp Leyser the Elder.

As this is the anniversary of Cranach’s birth, I thought we all could appreciate his use of color and the boldness of his settings.

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