Lucas Cranach The Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

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[Image: Lucas Cranach (Circa 1525/1530)

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), who rose to fame as a court painter at Wittenberg, is one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance. Blessed with a business acumen far in advance of his time, he established a large workshop and mass-produced paintings. He also played a role in the Protestant Reformation launched by Martin Luther. Yet, what has stamped the name of Lucas Cranach in people’s minds are his depictions of such legendary heroines such as Judith and Salome, Lucretia and Venus with a singular eroticism in portraits lascivious but intelligent, flirtatious but cool and composed. Cranach’s paintings captivated the people of his milieu, and they still exert a strong fascination over viewers, centuries later.
This, the first exhibition devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder in Japan, will explore the entire scope of Cranach’s work and trace his influences on modern and contemporary artists. Scheduled to be held in 2016 and 2017- precisely five hundred years after the Reformation began - the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to experience the power of the “temptation” Cranach elicits across the centuries.

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Date: Jan.28 (Sat) From 14:00-15:30
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from 1月 28, 2017 at 10:00 to 4月 16, 2017 at 17:00


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