About this artwork
Perhaps Lucas Cranach’s most famous and most copied print, this profile portrait of Martin Luther was an accurate likeness; the artist and the Reformer were friends. Luther appears in his doctoral cap, as he taught at the University of Wittenberg. Possibly made to commemorate the scholar’s radical performance at the Diet of Worms, the print circulated when Luther was presumed dead but was actually in hiding, translating the New Testament into German. The Latin inscription translates as, “Lucas’s work is this picture of Luther’s mortal form; but he himself expressed his spirit’s eternal form,” and closes with Cranach’s flying serpent insignia.
Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Lucas Cranach, the Elder
- Luther as an Augustinian Friar, with Cap
- Engraving in black on cream laid paper
- 207 x 150 mm (image/plate/sheet)
- Gift of Mr. Potter Palmer, Jr.