Studio of Lucas Cranach the Elder, German, 1472-1553
Title: Saint Christopher
Date: c.1515-1520
Medium: Oil on limewood panel
Dimensions:
102.5 x 36.7 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 1934
Object Number: NGI.973
ProvenancePurchased, van Diemen & Company, Berlin, November 1934
Exhibition HistoryCentenary Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, October - December 1964
Label TextChristopher was a large and strong man who served God by helping people cross a dangerous stretch of water. This panel depicts the moment that Christopher discovered that the child, who weighed so heavily upon his shoulders during the crossing, was in fact Christ. Lucas Cranach the Elder was one of the leading painters and printmakers of early sixteenth-century German. This panel was painted by an unknown member of his workshop. The shape of the panel suggests it was once part of a triptych.