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The extraordinary art of the Reformation was underpinned by a new certainty

By James Woodall   November 2012


From left: Cranach’s Apollo and Diana (c. 1526), Dürer’s St Jerome in his study (1514)

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein

Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 2nd November to 14th April 2013

In a church in the German city of Weimar hangs Europe’s most uncompromising painting. An altarpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder, completed in the mid-1550s by his son, it is a stunningly realised, turbulent allegory of Christian salvation. A jet of blood arches from the torso wound of a crucified Jesus on to the head of Cranach…

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