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Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67)

'The Elector of Saxony, Reformers'; Martin Luther and the Wittenberg Reformers 1857

Albumen print | 20.7 x 11.6 cm (image) | RCIN 2081427

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Photograph of the painting 'Martin Luther and the Wittenberg Reformers' (c.1543) by Lucas Cranach the Younger. At the centre of the painting is John Frederick the Magnanimous, the Elector of Saxony. Martin Luther stands on the far left. On the far right is the scholar Philipp Melanchthon, pointing upwards. A putti features in the lower left corner.

At the time of the photograph, the painting was in the collection of George Grimston Craven, 3rd Earl of Craven (1841-83). The painting is now held by The Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.

  • Creator(s)

    Caldesi & Montecchi (active 1857-67) (photographer)

    After Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-86) (artist)

    Martin Luther (1483-1546)
    Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560)
    John Frederick I the Magnanimous, Elector of Saxony (1503-54)
  • 20.7 x 11.6 cm (image)

    54.5 x 35.3 cm (page dimensions)

  • Presented to Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • albums
          • photograph albums
    • People
      • Putti