Cranach in Thuringia

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Thuringia became an important stage in life for Cranach the Elder. Here he fell in love with a Gothaer; here he married; had two houses. Here he died. And to this day one can admire works of father and son in Thuringian churches and museums. In addition to that include magnificent single-handed paintings but also pictures, which are attributed to the workshop and its pupils.

Herzogliches Museum Gotha shifts its extensive stock of important paintings and diagrams of the Cranach painter family into a completely new light. The cathedral St. Marien Erfurt houses the precious panel painting “The betrothal of St. Catharine” in its northern aisle. The art collections of Wartburg show masterpieces of the portrait art from Cranach the Elder. Starting from the Cranach altar of the town church St. Peter and Paul in Weimar – there Cranach beside Martin Luther himself is immortalized – the exhibition in the Schiller Museum illuminates the life and a work of Cranach.

In the town church of Neustadt an der Orla a great winged altar of Lucas Cranach the Elder welcome the visitor. It belongs to the first commissions, which the Wittenberger court painter received from the citizens of a city. Only because in 1524 Martin Luther defensively placed himself before the artwork of his friend, does it stand to this day unaltered at its place – that is unique for the altars of Lucas Cranach the Elder.

More information:
Tourist Information Thuringia
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99084 Erfurt
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