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Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Mecklenburg - Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1514

Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Mecklenburg - Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1514

Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Mecklenburg - Lucas Cranach the Elder. 184x82.5

During his visit to the Netherlands in 1508 Cranes (1472-1553) he experimented with Italian-Dutch ideas of complex compositions and monumental naked figures (biblical and mythological characters). However, his true calling was in another - in a brilliant full-length portrait. It proves "Portrait of Henry the Pious, Duke of Mecklenburg".

The painting is paired with a portrait of the Duchess Catherine, wife of Henry the Pious. Together they look very impressive. A rare book on the history of costume does not contain reproductions of these paintings. The decorative element in them prevails over the psychological content. It seems that the models themselves are necessary for the artist only as a means to demonstrate extravagant outfits (especially the duke's vestments). There is also no answer to the question why the painter is so disturbed by the proportions of the human body: the duke's head seems too small.


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