He appears to have been a rather ambitious man, artistically as well as socially. After studying in Vienna between 1501 and 1504, he moved to Wittenberg where he was appointed the court painter to Friederich the Wise, the Elector of Saxon. There he met and married the daughter of the mayor of Gotha, and several times became a city councilman. He was twice elected mayor of Wittenberg. Early on he set about building and/or remodeling a rather large house which he apparently needed to contain a very prosperous manufacturing business employing a number of assistants in creating everything from copies of his best paintings to his own furniture designs--kind of a Northern Renaissance version of Martha Stewart.
|Crucifixion with the Converted|
Lucas Cranach (the elder)
|The Princess of Saxony, 1517,|
Lucas Cranach (the younger)
The Princess of Saxony, by Lucas (the younger) painted in 1517 is similar to the father's work only better. The young girl of about ten seems quite a Sweet young lady, but shy and a bit uncomfortable amid the endless German preoccupation with the delicacies of her flowing red hair, golden jewelry, and intricately fashioned red dress. However, for a second-rate painter as much interested in social climbing as art, his work is not without some merit and is valuable for use in placing in context the work of Durer and Holbein.