Adam and Eve

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1526. Oil on panel, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

This Adam and Eve painting represents the skill and original style of the Cranach workshop that made Lucas Cranach one of the most successful Northern Renaissance painters. The combination of landscape and narrative elements to form a romantic or courtly scene is typical of his style at this time. The Cranach workshop was in Wittenberg Germany, near the court of the Elector of Saxony, Frederick the Wise. Also living in Wittenberg at the time was Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon. Cranach later acted as Luther’s art director and publisher and was also known for his many Protestant portraits.


Lucas Cranach the Elder, Adam and Eve, 1526.

German cleric usually considered to have formally launched the Protestant Reformation with his list of 95 "theses" itemizing grievances against the Roman Catholic Church, especially its sale of indulgences claimed to absolve individuals' sins.

A written, spoken, or recorded story.

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