The Städel assembled a comprehensive exhibition of more than seventy masterpieces by Lucas Cranach, the great Reformation painter, from all the important international and national museums and collections. More popular and even more successful economically than his contemporary Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach has probably had the most enduring influence on Germany’s visual world. He breathed completely new life into religious themes. His specialty, however, were perfectly rendered erotic paintings. In them he created a timeless ideal of female beauty that continued to speak to twentieth-century artists from Picasso to Giacometti. This exhibition attempted both to present a high-quality cross section of Cranach’s powerful oeuvre and to come closer to the secret of his success.
CURATOR: Dr. Bodo Brinkmann, Städel Museum
FURTHER VENUES: Royal Academy of Arts, London, 3/8–6/8/2008
SPONSORED BY: Commerzbank Stiftung und Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
SUPPORTED BY: Fraport AG, Fazit-Stiftung und Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH