Lucas Cranach the Elder
1472 Born in Kronach.
1501 or 2 He is working in Vienna.
1504 Cranach is appointed court artist to the Elector of Saxony, Duke Frederick the Wise at Wittenberg.
1508 Duke Frederick grants him a coat of arms featuring a winged serpent, a device he now uses as his signature. Travels to the Netherlands on behalf of the Duke.
1519 Designs the earliest surviving propaganda sheet in support of Reformation theology.
1520 Cranach engraves portraits of his friend Martin Luther.
1522 Illustrates the Book of Revelation in the first edition of Luther’s translation of the New Testament. Cranach partly underwrites the publication of Luther’s translation.
1523 Cranach installs a printing press in his house.
1524 Prints part of Luther’s translation of the Old Testament.
1528 Cranach has become one of the wealthiest citizens in Wittenberg according to tax records.
1547 With the capture of Duke John Frederick by the forces of Charles V, Cranach loses his position as court painter.
1550 Decides to join the Duke in captivity in Augsberg. Continues to paint.
1552 Moves to live with his daughter and son-in-law in Weimar.
1553 Dies at Weimar.
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Lucas Cranach the Elder - Selected Works
1501 The Crucifixion, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
1502 St Jerome as a Hermit, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
1504 Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Berlin, Staatliche Museen
1509 Portraits of Johann the Steadfast and Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous, London, National Gallery
1514 Judgement of Paris, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum
1526 Portrait of a Lady, Saint Petersburg, Hermitage
1526 Adam and Eve, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
1527 Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg as St Jerome in the Wilderness, Berlin, Staatliche Museen
1528 The Judgment of Paris, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1529 Stag Hunt of the Elector Frederick the Wise, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
1530 The Judgement of Paris, Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle
1530 Cupid complaining to Venus, London, National Gallery
1530 Judith with the Head of Holofernes, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
1534 The Nymph of the Fountain, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery