About Lucas Cranach• Historical Time Frame: Lucas Cranach lived in the time frame of 4 October 1472 – 16 October 1553.• Birthplace: Cranach was born at Kronach in upper Franconia.• Influences/style: Cranach learned the art of drawing from his father Hans Maler, sometimes a decorative painter, more frequently producing portraits and altarpieces, woodcuts, engravings, and designing the coins for the electorate, he had painted several altar-pieces for the Castle Church at Wittenberg in competition with Albrecht Dürer, Hans Burgkmair and others, Cranach, like his patron, was friendly with the Protestant Reformers at a very early stage; yet it is difficult to fix the time of his first meeting with Martin Luther. Following the huge international success of Dürers prints, other German artists, much more than Italian ones, devoted their talents to woodcuts and engravings. This accounts for the comparative unproductiveness as painters of Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein the Younger, and also may explain why Cranach was not especially skilled at handling colour, light, and shade. Constant attention to contour and to black and white, as an engraver, seems to have affected his sight; and he often outlined shapes in black rather than employing modelling and chiaroscuro.
What I Think• What I like/don’t like: I really like his paintings; I find his women with the decapitated heads really interesting, I think I could do something cool with that. However I am not as big of a fan of his woodcuts because they are very hard to make out and seem just less interesting to me. I think that maybe I could combine the paintings and the wood cuts though to make something really cool.• How can this be adapted to the umbrellas: I was thinking of doing something sort of like the women but in a woodcut style, maybe a different person on each panel and somehow connect each person.