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Lucas Cranach the Elder, Primitive People

  1. Introduction
  2. Provenance, exhibitions, versions, and copies
  3. Technical notes
  4. Subject
  5. Attribution and date


Susan Foister 

From National Gallery Catalogues, forthcoming: 'The German Paintings before 1800'. 

Publication notes

This full catalogue entry of Cranach’s Primitive People, taken from 'The German Paintings before 1800’ by Susan Foister, is published on the Gallery website in advance of book publication.

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Susan Foister is Deputy Director, Director of Public Engagement and Curator of Early Netherlandish, German, and British Paintings. Her publications include: J. Dunkerton, D. Gordon, S. Foister, and N. Penny, ‘Giotto to Dürer’, New Haven and London 1991; S. Foister, A. Roy, M. Wyld,  ‘Making and Meaning, Holbein’s 'Ambassadors’, exh. cat., National Gallery London 1997; S. Foister, 'Holbein and England’, New Haven and London 2004.

Lucas Cranach the Elder, ‘Primitive People’, 1527–30, NG3922
Lucas Cranach the Elder, Primitive People, 1527–30, NG3922


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To cite this catalogue entry we suggest using:

Susan Foister, ‘Lucas Cranach the Elder, Primitive People’ published online 2015, from 'The German Paintings before 1800' London, forthcoming.

General references

Friedländer and Rosenberg 1978, no. 263; Levey 1959, pp. 21–2.

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