Cranach’s Portrait of Anna Putsch (1502-3)
Many art historians have noted that in the background of this 1502 portrait by Lucas Cranach there is a face formed from smoke. Its features in profile are delineated by the leaves and branches of a tree. While it is clearly not meant to be seen immediately, it is still fairly obvious. Take a look.
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Many viewers must have seen this "face" in the past and the artist must have hoped that they would. Over the next year, though, we will be showing hidden faces on this site which are far more difficult to perceive and which only artists and the odd independent-minded art lover would ever have seen.
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More Works by Cranach the Elder
In Cranach’s 1506 woodcut of Venus and Cupid, Cupid is the artist drawing back the bow to shoot his “victim”.
Cranach saw a resemblance in someone else's work and made it his own, a common practice in poetic art
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