Cranach makes the New Yorker

Not the blog, the artist. The article lauds Lucas Cranach, giving a detailed account of his art and a fair, though not quite comprehending, account of his faith. (Including the rather surprised revelation that “Sex was O.K. with Luther.”) A summary of the author’s thesis:

As an artist, he siphoned his era’s chaotic energies into wonderments of style. His re-visionings of humanity are philosophically resonant and lots of fun.

HT: Paul McCain

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    How many kids would Luther have had to have before the “New Yorker” would figure out that he learned that sex was OK? Didn’t his dear wife spend most of her married wife pregnant or nursing?

    Yeesh.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    How many kids would Luther have had to have before the “New Yorker” would figure out that he learned that sex was OK? Didn’t his dear wife spend most of her married wife pregnant or nursing?

    Yeesh.

  • Edward Bryant

    An interesting article, the most interesting expression of which is the last: “Cranach had a penchant for joy, undimmed in an age that turned the world upside down. What were the secrets of his fortitude? These days, it would be salutary to know.”

    Ah Yes! And what was the source of his joy? And what a question this time of year! One would hope that the author, Peter Schjeldahl, would hear that “Unto you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.”

  • Edward Bryant

    An interesting article, the most interesting expression of which is the last: “Cranach had a penchant for joy, undimmed in an age that turned the world upside down. What were the secrets of his fortitude? These days, it would be salutary to know.”

    Ah Yes! And what was the source of his joy? And what a question this time of year! One would hope that the author, Peter Schjeldahl, would hear that “Unto you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.”

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    If it’s good enough for Luther, gosh: it’s good enough for me. I remember a story I read about the Council of Nicea, how one of the north African bishops who attended was very popular with his people because he recognized that sex was a gift of God and encouraged his married people to actually enjoy it, woman and man!

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    If it’s good enough for Luther, gosh: it’s good enough for me. I remember a story I read about the Council of Nicea, how one of the north African bishops who attended was very popular with his people because he recognized that sex was a gift of God and encouraged his married people to actually enjoy it, woman and man!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Yes, Edward, a great, great point! Philosophical resonance, plus fun. Joy in a world turned upside down. That should describe this blog and all Christians today!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Yes, Edward, a great, great point! Philosophical resonance, plus fun. Joy in a world turned upside down. That should describe this blog and all Christians today!


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