Exhibition Outline

Lucas Cranach the Elder(1472-1553), who rose to fame as a court painter at Wittenberg, is one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance. Blessed with a business acumen far in advance of his time, he established a large workshop and mass-produced paintings. He also played a role in the Protestant Reformation launched by Martin Luther. Yet, what has stamped the name of Lucas Cranach in people's minds ar his depictions of such heroines of legend as Judith and Salome, Lucretia and Venus with a singular eroticism in portraits lascivious but intelligent, flirtatious but cool and composed. Cranach's paintings captivated the people of his milieu,and they still exert a strong fascination over viewers,centuries later.
This, the first exhibition devoted to Lucas Cranach the Elder in Japan, will explore the entire scope of Cranach's work and trace his influences on modern and contemporary artists. Scheduled to be held in 2016 and 2017-precisely five hundred years after the Reformation began-the exhibition will offer a rare opportunity to experience the power of the "temptaion" Cranach elicits across the centuries.


LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER : 500 Years of the Power of Temptaion


Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Sunday, April 16, 2017


10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
* Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time


Mondays and March 21, 2017, except March 20, 2017.

Organized by

The National Museum of Art Osaka, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, TBS, MBS, The Asahi Shimbun

Admission(tax included)

Adults ¥ 1,600( ¥ 1,400 )
College Students ¥ 1,200( ¥ 1,000 )
High School Students ¥ 600( ¥ 500 )
  • ・ Visitors who are under junior high school students and disabled people with ID booklets (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free.
  • ・Group tickets will only be available at the venue and discounts only applicable to groups of 20 people or more.




4-2-55 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0005, JAPAN