Lucas Cranach the Elder Digitalized

The above from a quite extraordinary site that has digitalized most if not all of Cranach the Elder’s paintings, & constitutes one of the most effective uses of e-archives I can imagine. Check it out & enjoy, here. If the quality of the pictures is absolutely superb, I wish they had created a slightly more user-friendly way of moving around the site. But this is a total treat. Here the welcome text from the site:


The Cranach Digital Archive (cda) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research resource, providing access to art historical, technical and conservation information on paintings by Lucas Cranach (c.1472 – 1553) and his workshop. The repository presently provides information on more than 400 paintings including c.5000 images and documents from 19 partner institutions.

Started in 2009 the project is in its second phase (2012 – 2014). In this period the cda aims to expand the existing network, to develop the shared infrastructure and to increase its content in order to build the foundations for an innovative, comprehensive and collaboratively produced repository of knowledge about Lucas Cranach and his workshop that will be significantly different from the traditional model of the single-author catalogue raisonné.

The Cranach Digital Archive is a joint initiative of the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf and Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences / Cologne University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with nine founding partner institutions and 17 associate partners and many project contributors. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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  1. Poo says:

    Nice to see the money of Getty and Mellon, in life both part of the .01%, put to such creative use. It was Getty who once remarked that the secret to becoming rich was to “rise early, work hard, strike oil.” Works for me.

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