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Temptation in Eden: Lucas Cranach's "Adam and Eve" [Hardcover]

Stephanie Buck , Gunnar Heydenreich , Susan Foister , Caroline Campbell
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15 July 2007
This catalogue accompanies the first exhibition in Britain to be devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), one of the greatest German Renaissance painters.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Holberton Publishing (15 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903470544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903470541
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,596,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Works by an Intriguing Painter 14 Mar 2011
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
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At a loose end in 2007 in the vicinity of The Strand in London, I chanced upon this exhibition at the Courtauld Institute. This is the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition, the first to be held devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder in England. His work intrigues, but so does his biography, a fact immediately conveyed to this reader by the chronology that appears towards the beginning of this book.

Cranach lived and worked in interesting times, and this intrigue is confirmed in the first of the four essays included in the catalogue, where Caroline Campbell of the Courtauld Institute confirms that the first thirty years of the artist's life are a blank. Her short essay provides a superficial overview of his history, moving in circles that involved to a greater or lesser degree such other luminaries as Durer and Titian, Luther and Melanchthon, the Kings of Saxony and the Holy Roman Emperors. She tells us about Cranach's logo, the large number of versions of his paintings, and the speed at which he worked, noting that "Cranach's signature or mark must not be interpreted as a symbol of artistic expression but as the `gold standard' guarantee of the reliable products of a productive workshop."

The difficulties of personal attribution as opposed to that of Cranach's studio also arises in the second essay, ``Adam and Eve' in the Making' by Gunnar Heydenreich of the Art Restoration Centre in Dusseldorf. Here he looks at Cranach's many depictions of Adam and Eve and also contrasts the artist with Durer, postulating where their lives and artistic styles cross.
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