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image of Madonna and Child Lucas Cranach the Elder (artist)
German, 1472 - 1553
Madonna and Child, probably c. 1535 or after
oil on panel
overall: 71.2 x 52.1 cm (28 1/16 x 20 1/2 in.)
Gift of Adolph Caspar Miller
1953.3.1
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From the Tour: German Painting and Sculpture in the Late 1400s and 1500s
Object 3 of 12

Cranach, court painter to the dukes of Saxony, employed a highly sophisticated, stylized manner, evident here in the rich coloring and decorative folds of Mary's elaborate garments. On his knee Jesus balances an apple, symbolizing the Forbidden Fruit and implying that Christ will redeem humanity. He eats a grape from the bunch offered by his mother. These grapes and the glass on the parapet refer to the eucharistic wine of the Last Supper.

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