The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

“The Ten Commandments” is a wonderful piece of artwork by Reformation artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. Completed in 1516, this painting on wooden panels originally hung in the Wittenberg Rathaus (or Townhall) where all of the townspeople could see them. Now the painting hangs in the refectory hall of Luther’s residence in Wittenberg, Germany. Cranach the Elder had a large studio in Wittenberg and many of his paintings are still on display all over the city.

This was one of my favorite paintings I saw on my 2014 LutherTour trip to Germany. Unfortunately, the lighting in the room was low so I couldn’t get a good picture. However, I found this one in public domain at Wikiart.org. One of my favorite things about this painting was the depiction of demons gleefully prodding the sinners.

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