Lot 2
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Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
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Description

  • Lucas, the elder Cranach
  • Lucretia
  • inscribed and dated lower left: L. B   15*3
    inscribed upper center: SATIVUS EST MORI QUAM IN DEDECORE VIVERE LUCRECIA ROMANA
  • oil on panel
  • 31 by 18 1/2  in.; 79 by 47 cm.

Provenance

Dr. L. Ivan Epstein, by 1979. 

Catalogue Note

Although the identity of this anonymous master has not been established, he appears to have been a Bohemian artist active in or around the studio of Lucas Cranach around 1523.  The goal of all the artists in Cranach’s workshop was to produce paintings as close as possible to that of the master, many of which bore the Cranach insignia of the winged serpent. What is unusual about this Lucretia is that while the subject of the painting and the style are clearly based on Cranach, the panel has the artist’s own initials. 
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