Paris, 3 March 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
A famous painting by Lucas Cranach, The Three Graces, has just been bought by the French State with the backing of a private donation. It will be exhibited in a special room until 30 May 2011. The painting was unveiled on 1 March by Minister of Culture Frédéric Mittérand and join the Peintures des Écoles du Nord section of the Louvre’s permanent collections.
The Louvre bought the work from a private collector for 4 M€. Two patron companies helped finance the purchase. On 13 November, the museum launched a donation appeal in order to collect one million Euro. In less than a month, 7000 benefactors set about raising the money. Their names will be mentioned next to the painting.
The Three Graces had never been exhibited publicly before. It was classified as a “national treasure” after the Ministry of Culture refused to let it be exported it in 2009.
This small oil canvas from 1531 is a key piece by German Renaissance master Lucas Cranach. It was commissioned by a private collector and will now be exhibited alongside three other portraits by the painter, Jean-Frédéric le Magnanime, Portrait d’un seigneur de Köckeritz and Portrait présumé de Magdalena Luther.
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.