Cranach in Weimar
3 April to 14 June 2015
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Stand der Klassik Stiftung Weimar in der Tourist-Information
Markt 10 | 99423 Weimar
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The focus of the Cranach exhibition of Klassik Stiftung Weimar are the particular rich existence of paintings, designs, print graphics, book art and much more as well as the unique winged altar in its significance in the church St. Peter and Paul (Herderkirche). Completed in 1555 it represents one of major works of reformatory picture art. The exhibition thematizes function; message and effect of the altar donated to the memory of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous and Sibylle von Cleve. Based on the motives and the statements of this pivotal sculpture of the Reformation the exhibition shows special aspects of the outstanding Weimar inventory of the Cranach workshop in four chapters and grants intensive insights to significant functions and work of the Cranach workshop for the Ernestinian court. From the kaleidoscope of the Weimar Cranach works the exhibition creates an overall view of the Cranach work with special focus on Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous’ court.
The chapter Faith and Reformer shows the work of the Cranach workshop in the service of the Reformation and its protagonists. In the chapter Message and Principal and holding of the court of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous are examined court. In Work and Artist outstanding work groups are connected with the workplace of Weimar around the topic “law and grace”, which also plays a special role for the biography of Cranach. For the first time in history also the rediscovery of the Cranach works in the milieu of Goethe and the thereto ensuing Cranach perception, as well as the handling of the Cranach works in Weimar at different times are examined and presented in the exhibition in the chapters Perception and Observer.