Stolen Cranach Painting Returned
This is a great story about the theft, and return, of a painting by Lucas Cranach, a particularly beautiful rendition of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Son of God. Read the whole story here. I’ve included a screenshot that is a detail from the painting. At the link, you can see the whole painting and see it in a very large size, too large to insert here.
Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Madonna under the Fir Tree is one of the master’s most elaborate and highly prized Madonnas, completed around 1510 for the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Breslau, Bohemia (now Wroclaw, Poland). It hung in the Chapel of St. John in the cathedral’s north aisle, a staple of travel guides and art histories, for more than 400 years. Following the detail from the painting is a view of the whole thing.You can “supersize” it by going to the link above.