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In the collector's cabinet (1): witches, monsters, nudes

Secular works by painters such as Dürer and in particular Altdorfer, Lucas Cranach and Hans Baldung were created for a new type of public that extended beyond princes and nobles. Humanists and a growing and educated middle class collected prints, drawings and other small-format works on particularly German subjects. These included witches, wild men of the forest, fantastical creatures, and biblical and mythological themes that offered suitable pretexts for the nude. Hans Baldung was outstanding in his depiction of witches and Lucas Cranach in representing nudes of this type. Cranach lived for several decades after Dürer's death and enjoyed increasing fame.
Two Witches

Hans Baldung Grien
Two Witches, 1523
Tempera and oil on panel. 65 x 45 cm
Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum
The Judgement of Paris
Lucas Cranach, the Elder
The Judgement of Paris, c. 1540-1546
Oil on panel. 121.5 x 82.5 cm
Gotha, Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Schlossmuseum.
Collection Herzog von Sachsen-Coburg
und Gotha'schen Stiftung für Kunst und Wissenschaft
Reclining Nymph

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Reclining Nymph, c. 1530-1534
Oil on panel. 75 x 120 cm
Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Samson and Delilah

Lucas Cranach, the Elder
Samson and Delilah, c. 1537
Oil on panel. 74.5 x 121 cm
Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Family of Satyrs

Albrecht Altdorfer
Family of Satyrs, 1507
Oil on panel. 23 x 20.5 cm
Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie