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“Lucas Cranach: Eminent Artist of the Northern Renaissance”: Photographs by Robert Hendricks
October 3, 2019 - October 29, 2019
The Abbot Public Library in Marblehead announces “Lucas Cranach: Eminent Artist of the Northern Renaissance”. This is an exhibit of thirty-seven photographic images of the art of Lucas Cranach the Elder (c 1472 – 1553) as recorded by local Brooksby Village resident Robert Hendricks. The exhibit will be on view in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery on the lower level of the Abbot Public Library from Thursday, October 3rd – Tuesday, October 29th, during normal library open hours.
Lucas Cranach the Elder, one of the leading artists of the Northern Renaissance, was court artist to Frederick the Wise and successor Electors of Saxony during the time of the Reformation. He is noted for his skill in painting with oil on wood panel, with a known oeuvre of over 1200 paintings that includes portraits, various allegorical themes from classical mythology, and pre- and post-Reformation theological subjects. He was a close friend of Martin Luther and was deeply involved in the spread of the Reformation.
A facsimile copy from the personal library of the photographer of an original two-volume 1534 Luther Bible, as illustrated by Cranach with colored woodblock prints, is also on exhibit. Taschen, a well-known German publisher of works on art and the creator of this facsimile says “This splendid facsimile reveals the multilayered beauty of this UNESCO world heritage masterpiece, showcasing its exquisite script and woodcuts and ornaments from the workshop of Lucas Cranach.”
Robert Hendricks, Emeritus Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech, is an inveterate European traveler and an amateur photographer with a passion for Northern Renaissance art. He has, for over a decade, specialized in photographing the works of the artists of this period as exhibited in the great galleries of Germany, France, Belgium, Holland and the Czech Republic, as well as the United States. This exhibit includes images from each of the genres of Cranach’s work.
There will be a public reception from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 16th, featuring a lecture by the photographer at 7:00 pm.