Lucas Cranach the Elder and the Franconian Gallery
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Kronach’s most famous son
The Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder was born in Kronach in around 1472. He was born Lucas Maler, but named himself after his home town as many prominent artists did in those days. Today, there is a monument outside the New Town Hall on the market square to mark the location of the house where Cranach was born. Cranach left his home town when he was still a young man and worked in Vienna and Coburg before taking a post in Wittenberg at the court of the Electors of Saxony. He was appointed as court painter there in 1505 and went on to create an impressive body of work in the decades that followed.
A branch of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich
The Franconian Gallery presents an outstanding collection of 220 Late Gothic and Renaissance masterpieces by Franconian artists and sculptors. After extensive modernisation of the gallery in 2014, the works of Cranach, Riemenschneider, Hans von Kulmbach and other master painters from the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance period can be admired in a new light – quite literally, in fact, as a focal point of the refurbishment was the replacement of all the lighting. The subtly balanced, individual illumination of the panel paintings, hinged altarpieces and wooden sculptures, most of which are coloured, corresponds beautifully with the new colour scheme in the exhibition rooms, which further accentuates the quality of the artworks. To complete the modernisation, some of the pieces have been rehung and the guidance texts for the individual sections of the museum have been revised. The latter is the result of extensive research for the new exhibition brochure published in 2014, which was carried out by Dr Matthias Weniger, an expert at the Bavarian National Museum on sculpture and painting from around 1500. At the Franconian Gallery in Kronach you will discover an exceptional variety of masterpieces by Franconian artists from the Late Gothic to the Renaissance period that is bettered only by the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg.
Tip: Kronach is one of a number of places associated with Cranach on the ‘Footsteps of Cranach’ route through Bavaria and central Germany.
March – October: Open daily except for Monday 9:30 am – 5:30pm
November – February: Closed
This year, the Franconian Gallery will open on the occasion of the exhibition "Drawing in Cranach's Workshop" until 24.03.2018.
The museum is closed and there are no guided tours on the fortress on December 24, 25 and 31, as well as on January 1st and on Shrove Tuesday
Accessibility: The Franconian Gallery is completely accessible for wheel-chair users.