Lucrece and Judith (Lucas Cranach the Elder pendant paintings)  

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Lucas Cranach's two pendant paintings, Lucrece and Judith[1] are lost paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Both paintings were destroyed in the fire of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.

They are reproduced on the cover of some editions of Michel Leiris's autobiographical book L'Age d'homme. The paintings do not form a diptych, contrary to what is usually stated. The were also reproduced in the October 1936 edition of the surrealist magazine Minotaure to illustrate the latter's essay "Réalité et mythologie des Cranach".

"Il s’agit de deux panneaux sur bois de 172 x 64 cm chacun, peints par Lucas Cranach l’Ancien en 1540 environ et qui étaient conservés jusqu’à la deuxième guerre mondiale à la Gemäldegalerie de Dresde (Max J. Friedländer et Jakob Rosenberg, Les Peintures de Lucas Cranach, 2e édition revue, Flammarion, 1978, n° 358-359). Ils avaient notamment été reproduits en octobre 1936 dans la revue Minotaure, où ils illustraient un pénétrant article de Maurice Raynal, « Réalité et mythologie des Cranach » (n° 9, pp. 11-19)."[2]

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