Monday, August 13, 2007

Story behind painting acquired by the Met recently

Lucas Cranach The Elder, 1523, 'St Maurice as a Moor', Oil on wood panel. Commissioned by Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg (1490 - 1545)

Interesting story behind its creation (both seem plausible):

Story 1. This Egyptian saint was canonized because, as a legion commander in the third century, St Maurice refused to slaughter the Christians in Gaul.

Story 2: Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg wanted to immortalize a newly acquired suit of silver armor that was supposed to be revolutionary in its design for that day and age and decided to put the saint in the silver armor thus killing two birds with one painting.

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