[Munich: J. Stuntz, c.1830.]
Tinted lithograph. Printed area 260 x 190mm (10¼ x 7½").
Philipp Melanchthon (born Philipp Schwartzerdt, 1497-1560), a German reformer who collaborated with Martin Luther. The painter, Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, a supporter of the Protestant Reformation and Friend of Luther. This print was published in 'Les Oeuvres Lithographiques', a huge series of reproductive plates of paintings, by Johann Nepomuk Strixner (1782 - 1855) and Ferdinand Piloty (1786-1844). Their work did much to popularise lithography, as they showed the technique could achieve all the same effects as other engraving techniques.
[Ref: 31795] £130.00