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The Penitence of Saint John Chrysostom

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.




Lucas Cranach the Elder
German, 1472-1553

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Court painter to the Duke of Saxony at Wittenberg, Cranach became a prolific designer, apothecary, political and religious counselor, and propagandist for the court. This is Cranach’s most important engraving, in a rare, early impression. It depicts the legendary remorse of the great 4th-century Bishop of Constantinople, who succumbed to the attractions of the emperor’s daughter and then wandered the wilderness in penitence.


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Lucas Cranach, the Elder


The Penitence of Saint John Chrysostom


Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1509


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Image/plate/sheet: 26 × 20.2 cm (10 1/4 × 8 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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