LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

January 28 – April 16, 2017

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Lucas Cranach the Elder(1472-1553), who rose to fame as a court painter at Wittenberg, is one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance. Blessed with a business acumen far in advance of his time, he established a large workshop and mass-produced paintings. He also played a role in the Protestant Reformation launched by Martin Luther. Yet, what has stamped the name of Lucas Cranach in people's minds ar his depictions of such heroines of legend as Judith and Salome, Lucretia and Venus with a singular eroticism in portraits lascivious but intelligent, flirtatious but cool and composed. Cranach's paintings captivated the people of his milieu,and they still exert a strong fascination over viewers,centuries later.
This, the first exhibition devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder in Japan, will explore the entire scope of Cranach's work and trace his influences on modern and contemporary artists. Scheduled to be held in 2016 and 2017-precisely five hundred years after the Reformation began-the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to experience the power of the "temptaion" Cranach elicits across the centuries.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc., The Asahi Shimbun
  • With the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Austrian Embassy Tokyo
  • With the special sponsorship of Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
  • With the sponsorship of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
  • With the cooperation of Austrian Airlines AG, Lufthansa Cargo AG, Lufthansa, Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A., Japan Airlines, Nippon Express, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Judith with the Head of Holofernes Lucas Cranach the Elder c.1525/30
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM- Museumsverband

IlI-Matched Lovers Lucas Cranach the Elder c.1530/40
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM- Museumsverband

Lot and His Daughters Lucas Cranach the Elder 1528
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM Museumsverband

Adam and Eve(The Fall) Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM- Museumsverband

Martin Luther Lucas Cranach the Elder 1525
Bristol Museum&ArtGallery ©Bristol Museums,Galleries&Archives

Nymph of the Spring Lucas Cranach the Elder After 1537
National Gallery of Art©CourtesyNational Gallery of Art, Washington

Allegory of Justice Lucas Cranach the Elder 1537
Private collection

Anne of Denmark Lucas Cranach the Younger After 1565
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM- Museumsverband

Elector Augustus of Saxony Lucas Cranach the Younger After 1565
kunsthistorisches Museum,Vienna ©KHM- Museumsverband


Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (10:00-19:00 on Fridays)
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.


Mondays and March 21, 2017, except March 20, 2017.

Admission Fee

Adults: 1,600(1,400) yen
University students: 1,200(1,000) yen
High school students: 600(500) yen

  • *( ) admission for groups of more than 20 people.
  • *Children (up to Junior high school students), disabled people with one attendant: Free.
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