Lucas Cranach, Paradise, 1530, oil on lime wood, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden.

The Cranach workshop was one of the most successful workshops of its time. It was started by Lucas and continued by his son. Many young artists training for the European courts were educated there. This combination of landscape and a narrative element is typical of the Cranach house style. In this view of paradise, all the animals gather in front, living in peace and harmony. The full Genesis narrative from creation to expulsion is shown in separate vignettes in the background from right to left. In the center, God talks to Adam and Eve, pointing at the Tree of Knowledge pulling that scene out for primacy.


A written, spoken, or recorded story.

short literary piece

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