Madonna with the Baby under the Apple tree, Lucas Kranach the Elder

Madonna with the Baby under the Apple tree, Lucas Kranach the Elder
Madonna with the Baby under the Apple tree, Lucas Kranach the Elder - 1

  • Posted by Lucas Kranach Sr
  • Museum: Hermitage
  • Year: 1520-1530

Overview of the painting :

Madonna with the Baby under the Apple tree – Lucas Kranach the Elder. 1520-1530. Oil on canvas translated from wood. 87×59

   Kranakh portrayed the red-haired Madonna in the image of a beautiful young woman resembling a princess from German tales. It is located in an apple orchard amid a landscape overlooking Saxony castle and mountains. Madonna’s clothes match the clothes of German aristocrats. The color scheme of the picture is diverse and saturated with noble red, yellow, golden, green and their shades. Madonna and Baby Jesus, with delicately emphasized proportions of a baby calf, look carefully at the viewer, as if making it clear that they know everything that fate has prepared for them and they are ready to accept it. The look of the elongated eyes of Our Lady is sad and thoughtful – she knows that she must lose her son. A direct hint of this is apple and bread in the hands of the Baby, symbols of the atonement of sin.