Portrait of Moritz Buchner
On View In:
Gallery 342
Artist:   Lucas Cranach  
Title:   Portrait of Moritz Buchner  
Date:   c. 1520  
Medium:   Oil on panel  
Dimensions:   16 x 10 3/4 x 3/16 in. (40.6 x 27.3 x 0.5 cm)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 342  

These companion portraits have been identified as Moritz Büchner and his wife, Anna Lindacker Büchner. As a successful merchant and city alderman, Moritz Büchner was representative of the newly affluent middle class that resulted from the growth of capitalism in 16th-century Germany. Lucas Cranach, the court artist to Frederick III of Saxony, was commissioned by the Büchners to paint their likenesses for posterity. Here, Cranach captures the confidence, pride, and ambition that often accompany newly acquired wealth and improved social status. Cranach's signature, a winged serpent, and the date of the painting appear on the extreme left of Moritz's portrait.

Name:   Cranach, Lucas  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German (Saxony), 1472 - 1553  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Date and Monogram At lower center (monogram with winged serpent): [1518]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   One of a pair of marriage portraits (see 57.10)  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Accession #:   57.11  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts