Lucas Cranach the Elder 1472 – 1553

Crucifixion with Cardinal

oil on panel (158 × 112 cm) — between 1520 and 1529 Museum Alte Pinakothek, Munich

Lucas Cranach the Elder biography

This work is linked to John 19:25

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg kneels on a pillow before the crucified Jesus.

Lucas Cranach made this painting for the cardinal while he was a friend and follower of Martin Luther, the German church reformer. Luther was involved in a theological battle with the cardinal's catholic church.

Albrecht of Brandenburg was also a long time employer of Cranach's contemporary Matthias Grünewald.

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