Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf dedicates a major exhibition to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), one of the most multifaceted 16th-century artists, being the first show to explore the painter’s work in its entirety and modernity.

8.4.2017 – 30.7.2017

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About 200 works will be brought together from international museums and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest, as well as the Nationalmuseum Stockholm. A range of further high-quality panel paintings, drawings and prints will document Cranach’s influential role in the spread of the Reformation, as well as his prudent dealings with the most eminent aristocratic patrons of the 16th century. Further, latest art technological and archive research offer fascinating insights into the painter’s day-to-day work.

The exhibition traces the impact of Cranach’s art still in evidence in modern and contemporary art. Works by Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix, Andy Warhol or Martial Raysse reveal the significant influence of Cranach’s pictorial language on the principal pioneers of Modernism.

The exhibition was conceived in close collaboration with the CRANACH DIGITAL ARCHIVE (

Lucas Cranach der Ältere | Heiliger Hieronymus in einer Landschaft, um 1515 Malerei auf Holz, 68 × 57,5 cm Sammlung Peréz Simón, Mexico, Foto: Arturo Piera