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Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586), son of Lucas Cranach the Elder, was a Renaissance painter whose style often was so indistinguishable from his father that difficulties have arisen in attribution of their paintings. He started as an apprentice to his father and, upon the death of his father, he assumed ownership of the workshop. He is best known for his portraits and for allegorical and mythical subjects. In this double portrait of Martin Luther (1483-1546) and Phillipp Melancthon (1497-1560), notable Protestant Reformation leaders, they have rosy complexions and well defined facial features although the bodies seem stiff. This oil painting dates from 1558 and is on pear wood. It is on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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