Lucas Cranach Research Paper

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Lucas Cranach (1472 - 1553) Lexa Ale History Honors: Hars November 19, 2013 Life of Lucas Cranach Lucas Cranach, born as Lucas Sunder on October 4, 1472 in the town of Kronach in Northern Franconia, was known as one of the most famous Renaissance artists of his time. He was one of the four children to Hans Maler, the painter. His mother’s name, however, isn’t known, only her maiden name; Hubner, was able to be found. Like other famous painters, Lucas took the name of his hometown in place of his original last name. Lucas lived his long, inspiring life as not only a painter and printmaker, but an entrepreneur and politician as well. Therefore, making his time in the Renaissance thrilling and leaving him as one of the most significant…show more content…
It consists of the nude Venus and Cupid. The painting shows Cupid, stung by bees, complaining to mother, Venus, of the pain by small bees. Lucas had his friend, Melanchton, translate the text to him and gave him Venus’ response to her child as,”you are too small and your arrows are much more painful to victims.” The translation of the history allowed him to paint Venus and Cupid with strong sense of conflict. He showed Venus’ pale white body stand out in an attractive pose. Lucas’ vision of this painting defined his interests in the human body. The painting displayed humanism, realism, and complimented the artwork by flattering Venus in a beautiful necklace completed with stones or a heavy velvet hat. Also, accentuating her figure with her almond-shaped eyes. Lucas proposed the lighting in the frame of artwork to draw the eye to the painting instead of keeping away attraction of nudity. He displayed winged Cupid holding a bee hive he stole as a source of pain with the dark, blackened background behind him, along with the tree he took the hive…show more content…
However, the goddess of discord, Eris, was not invited. When she arrived at the wedding, she was turned away, causing her to freak out and cast a spell on a golden apple only the most beautiful and fairest goddess can receive. Cranach displayed his painting with his Italian blend of classical and mythological subjects to paint the story of the judgement of Paris many times during his
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