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Martin Luther (1483–1546)

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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Lucas Cranach worked for 49 years in Wittenburg where he was at the centre of the Protestant movement and where he enjoyed a close friendship with Martin Luther. He painted this closely observed portrait in 1525, the year of Luther's marriage to Katharina von Bora. It is one of a series of similar portraits which date from 1525 or 1526, and some of these are accompanied by a pendant portrait of Katharina. Cranach's portraits of Luther dating from a slightly later period, 1528 to 1532, were based on new and different designs.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery





oil on oak panel


H 40 x W 26.6 cm

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bequeathed by F. P. M. Schiller, 1946

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