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Description of the painting by Lucas Cranach “Martin Luther”

Description of the painting by Lucas Cranach “Martin Luther”


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Cranach Lucas Senior German painter and bright representative of the Renaissance. He had an individual unique style. The artist painted both pictorial portraits and graphic ones. His works had biblical overtones, despite the fact that it is usually difficult to recognize a deeply embedded meaning when looking at a portrait. Cranach painted a lot of portraits of his friend Martin Luther. One such famous work is the graphic portrait of Luther.

The picture shows the profile of a young man. Although it is difficult to make out the clothes of a man, one can safely assume that this is a monastic cassock. The modern clothes of the monks are somewhat different from the clothes depicted in the picture. The portrait was painted in a difficult time for the Protestants, they were persecuted, the danger of life lay in wait for every believer. You can read deep sadness in Luther's eyes. Although the man is focused, thinking about something, his lips are tightly pressed.

The portrait exudes tension, but the expression on her face is peaceful. The muscles of the cheekbones are tense and this indicates the stiffness of the hero. Perhaps he was tired of posing, but most likely he was immersed in his thoughts, which are far from writing portraits and from the real world.

Cranach even financed the publication of the Bible, he shared the ideas of the Protestants at the time of the birth of this movement, despite the fact that he held a high post and such views were even dangerous. Luther's portrait on a dark background looks very expressive; you can examine his profile in detail. The face cannot be called beautiful, the uneven nose and wrinkles on the forehead give the portrait a realistic look.

The reformers ordered a series of portraits of Luther, but later the monk abandoned his views, got married, but continued to communicate with the artist. Probably, with countless portraits of monks and captured biblical subjects, the artist extended his life to close ideas and a forbidden worldview.





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