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Cranach Magnified

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Cranach Magnified, a project of the Getty Museum, “allows you to investigate the refined painting technique of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) and his workshop by comparing zoomable macroscopic details from different paintings side by side.”

Here are two magnified lions, one from the Getty’s A Faun and His Family with a Slain Lion of about 1526, and the other from the Courtauld Institute‘s Adam and Eve, painted in the same year.

two lions

By zooming in closer, you can see in detail the bloody muzzle of one, and the beady eye of the other.

detail of lion from A Faun and his Family with a Slain Lion, ca. 1526detail of lion from Adam and Eve, 1526

Quite apart from its usefulness for Cranach scholars, playing about with this is a lot of fun, so I suggest you imitate the tiny running figure (who can just be seen, as a speck on the road to the left of the faun’s wife’s head, in A Faun and his Family with a Slain Lion, and get yourself over to the Getty as fast as your legs (or your browser) can carry you.

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Written by Dave Lovely

February 15, 2009 at 11:16 am