Lucas Cranach / St. George Slaying the Dragon / c. 1510-1515Lucas Cranach
St. George Slaying the Dragon
c. 1510-1515

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Creator Name: Cranach, Lucas
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1472 - 1553
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Lucas Cranach
Title: St. George Slaying the Dragon
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1510
Creation End Date: 1515
Creation Date: c. 1510-1515
Object Type: Prints
Classification Term: Print
Materials and Techniques: woodcut
Dimensions: Sheet: 16.3cm x 12.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.47
Credit Line: Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund
Provenance: Franz Ritter von Hauslab, Vienna (Lugt 1247), Princes of Lichtenstein; [Richard Zinser]

In 1505 Lucas Cranach became court painter to Friedrich the Wise, Elector of Saxony, and established a workshop in Wittenberg. Friedrich actively encouraged Cranach's production of prints since they promoted the artistic and intellectual vitality of his court and the magnificence of his patronage. Friedrich's coat of arms of crossed swords and the arms of Saxony appear prominently on most of Cranach's prints, suggesting that the artist had an exclusive authorization to publish prints under Friedrich's legal protection.

Together with Albrecht Dürer and Hans Burgkmair, Cranach raised the northern European woodcut to a high level of artistic expression in the first decade of the 16th century. Since many of these prints were produced for mass consumption and were not highly valued at the time, examples are now rare, especially fine, early impressions such as Saint George and the Dragon, printed before any breaks had developed in the woodblock. This impression is also special because it has never been bleached or pressed, so the embossing by the woodblock is still apparent, and every fine line is sharp and clear.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.47
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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