The artwork features a painting by Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach. It shows Mary the Mother of God. She holds the baby Jesus in her arms. A landscape opens up behind her.

Madonna and Child

Lucas Cranach the Elder

H 24cm W 35cm
around 1518


Cranach’s painting of the heartfelt devotion between mother and child was intended to intensify the prayers of the believer(s) while contemplating the image. The high artistic standard, which is evident in the fineness of the execution and the richness of the colours — precious lapis lazuli was used for Mary’s blue cloak — speaks in favour of Lucas Cranach the Elder himself as the artist, who ran a large workshop with numerous employees.

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