Lucas Cranach d. Ä.
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg Kneeling before Christ on the Cross, 1520/25
Tannenholz (Abies alba), 158,4 x 112,4 cm
Erworben 1829 aus der Stiftskirche Aschaffenburg
Inv. Nr. 3819
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg Kneeling before Christ on the Cross
Cardinal Albrecht von Brandenburg is kneeling on a large cushion before the Crucified Christ, who is portrayed on a rather small scale. Christ is here depicted as a devotional object for a Passion meditation. Albrecht's portrayal was based on an engraving from Albrecht Dürer. This painting reveals Cranach's ability as a fine colourist. The red garment, in strong contrast to the dark surroundings, spreads out with an individuality that almost has a modern feel to it.