Currently on View in C203
As court painter to the Electors of Saxony in Wittenberg, Lucas Cranach resided at the heart of the Protestant Reformation and has often been called its "official artist." The theologian Martin Luther was his close friend, and Cranach's Crucifixion should be seen in light of the reformer's ideas. The emphasis on the recognition of Christ's sacrifice by witnesses to his death is a clear reference to one of the central tenets of Lutheran theology: that sinful mankind can be reconciled to God only by faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
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