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Venus and Cupid (1530)
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For the many TE-art-lovers of the Renaissance today another museum observation with a painting from that period on the background.

Lucas Cranach painted a lot of similar paintings with the theme Venus and Cupid or Venus and Amor (Cupid complaining to Venus, Venus with Cupid stealing honey).
So in many museums all over the world you could have seen one of these painting. Imagine it was you in front of Venus and Cupid standing in front of this painting instead of this lovely girl. I wasn’t allowed to post it here.

Lucas Cranach the Elder (Lucas Cranach der Ältere, c. 1472 – 16 October 1553) was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther. He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint nude subjects drawn from mythology and religion. He had a large workshop and many works exist in different versions; his son Lucas Cranach the Younger, and others, continued to create versions of his father's works for decades after his death. Lucas Cranach the Elder has been considered the most successful German artist of his time. (Wikipedia)

PS The painting is the cover photo of the book “ L’Amour des mythes et les mythes de l’Amour” of Dominique Fernandez and Suzanne Varga

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