Dürer and Cranach

Dürer and Cranach, two Northern Renaissance artists, are remembered on April 6th. Dürer, the son of a goldsmith, apprenticed as a painter and printmaker, gaining fame for his woodcuts and paintings. He created portraits of notable figures like Erasmus and read Luther’s writings. Cranach, the Elder, had less known formal art training but became the court painter of Wittenberg by 1505. He used various mediums, witnessed Luther’s marriage, and engaged in business ventures, producing works with both Protestant and Roman Catholic themes.