Paris, 8 February 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Musée du Luxembourg presents an exhibition about the great master of the German Renaissance, Lucas Cranach. “Cranach et son temps” (Cranach and his time) will be running from 9 February to 23 May 2011.
Lucas Cranach the Elder became famous for his nudes with light contours as well as for his angel-faced Madonnas. For centuries, he was overshadowed by another German giant, Albrecht Durer.
The exhibition aims to re-evaluate the oeuvre of Cranach, highlighting his unique and velvety style and depicting how the artist, the official painter of the Electors of Saxony at Wittenberg and friend of the reformer Martin Luther, reacted to the upheavals of his era.
“Cranach et son temps” features fifty paintings and prints of his favourite subjects, such as Adam and Eve; the Madonna; Christ and cherubs. With their rounded , soft shapes and almost blurry lines, the nudes of Cranach are a subtle blend of chastity and carnal sensuality.
The exhibition includes two of the artist’s most celebrated nudes. Allegory of Justice (1537) represents a blonde woman brandishing a sword in one hand and a pair of scales in the other. Spring Nymph, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, shows a young reclining woman in a lush green setting.