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The Melancholy
Lucas Maler, known as Lucas Cranach the Elder, who died in 1553 in Weimar, was a German Renaissance painter and engraver. This strange painting, dated 1532, refers to a famous engraving by Dürer, “La Mélancolie” (‘The Melancholy’). The winged young woman is pruning a branch, an absurd and empty occupation. The partridges, symbols of opulence, are pecking. The dog is resting instead of watching and the children are playing in their corner. The charm of the typical female figure is noticeable with its round chin, almond-shaped eyes, and plump chest. A great Renaissance work of art in the Unterlinden Museum.
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