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Cranach and Luther

The Royal Academy’s current exhibition of the work of the German painter Lucas Cranach is a rare opportunity to study the career of an artist who became one of the best known propagandists for the Protestant Reformation

Anne Roberts

Very few details survive of Cranach’s early life. A near contemporary of Holbein, he was born in 1472 in Kronach, southern Germany – the town from which he took his name. It is known that by his late 20s he was working in Vienna, where he received commissions from distinguished scholars and humanists, whose recommendations would have advanced his career.