Cranach painting updates

Paul McCain has put up some more material on his blog devoted to that Lucas Cranach altarpiece.  He includes some exposition of the figures in the painting and what they mean.  Note the self-portrait of Cranach, who shows the blood of Christ shooting out from His wounds upon himself.  That’s a powerful confession of faith from the great artist.  Go to A Painting That Preaches Christ.

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://cyberbrethren.typepad.com/cranachinweimar/ Rev. PTM

    I’ve now put up a much more comprehensive explanation of the painting. I was, at first, going to move through the various elements in the painting more slowly, but …. I could not wait. The painting’s story has to be told all at once. I used a piece I found on the Internet many years ago, and revised and edited it.

    The other feature that I think viewers will like is that I clipped out various parts of the painting and they may be viewed at a much larger size by clicking on them.

    A feature of the painting that I’ve not noticed mentioned before is that man is being driven by the guilt of his sin into the fires of hell, which are shooting out of the same mountain from which Cranach shows the Risen Christ emerging, victorious over mankind’s ancient enemies: death, Hell and Satan! A powerful sermon right there alone.

  • http://cyberbrethren.typepad.com/cranachinweimar/ Rev. PTM

    I’ve now put up a much more comprehensive explanation of the painting. I was, at first, going to move through the various elements in the painting more slowly, but …. I could not wait. The painting’s story has to be told all at once. I used a piece I found on the Internet many years ago, and revised and edited it.

    The other feature that I think viewers will like is that I clipped out various parts of the painting and they may be viewed at a much larger size by clicking on them.

    A feature of the painting that I’ve not noticed mentioned before is that man is being driven by the guilt of his sin into the fires of hell, which are shooting out of the same mountain from which Cranach shows the Risen Christ emerging, victorious over mankind’s ancient enemies: death, Hell and Satan! A powerful sermon right there alone.


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