Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cranach and Durer

Commemoration of Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Durer, Artists
April 6, 2010

The Lord be with you

Well, I’ve been busy these past few days, so I have missed a few days posting items. I missed, for example, posting something about the Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch, for March 31. However I am remembering today’s commemoration. Lucas Cranach (1472-1557) and Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) were both artists. Cranach, a close friend of Martin Luther, was a celebrated painter of portraits and altarpieces and a producer of woodcuts of religious subjects. Durer, a native of Nurnberg, Germany, was one of the most learned of Renaissance, artists and an ardent admirer of Martin Luther. His paintings and woodcuts include examples of the splendor of creation and skilled portrayals of biblical narratives. Both are remembered and honored for the grandeur of their works of art, which depict the glory and majesty and the grace and mercy of the triune God.

Below is a set of portraits done by Cranach, one of Luther and the other of Philipp Melanchthon. The other picture is of the often copied Praying Hands by Durer. The hands were those of a close person friend of Durer who once aspired to be an artist himself, but his hands were rendered unfit for such service by working to put Durer through school.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

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