“Cranach with fifty plates in full colour” is a book in the Phaidon Art & Ideas series, which was first published in 1956.
The book is a comprehensive survey of the life and work of Lucas Cranach the Elder, a German Renaissance painter and printmaker. It explores his artistic development, style, and technique, and provides detailed analysis of many of his most famous works, including portraits, altarpieces, and prints. Heise also examines the social and cultural context in which Cranach worked, including his relationships with important figures of his time such as Martin Luther and Albrecht Dürer.
As with other books in the Phaidon Art & Ideas series, “Cranach with fifty plates in full colour” includes a wealth of illustrations, with fifty full-color plates of Cranach’s paintings, which are reproduced in high-quality and accompanied by detailed analysis and commentary. The book also includes a helpful chronology of Cranach’s life and works, as well as a bibliography for further reading.
Overall, “Cranach with fifty plates in full colour” is a valuable and informative resource for anyone interested in the art and history of the German Renaissance, and a great introduction to one of its most important artists.