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[Special Exhibition]
Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

Saturday 15 October 2016 – Sunday 15 January 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 2 and 9 January 2017,
28 December 2016 to 1 January 2017.
10 January 2017 will be opend.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna,
TBS, The Asahi Shimbun
With the support of:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan,
Austrian Embassy,
TBS Radio & Communications,
With the special sponsorship of:
Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
With the sponsorship of:
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of:
Austrian Airlines AG,
Lufthansa Cargo AG, Lufthansa,
Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A.,
Japan Airlines,
Nippon Express,
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 1,600 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Friday 15 July to Friday 14 October 2016. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Thursday 13 October 2016.
Full admission fees apply from Saturday 15 October 2016.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Traveling Venue:
National Museum of Art, Osaka
Saturday 28 January - Sunday 16 April 2017
Number of visitors:

Lucas Cranach (The Elder, 1472-1553) made his name as a court painter in Wittenberg and is renowned today as one of the major artists of the German Renaissance. Cranach headed a large studio that produced a massive number of paintings, thus demonstrating a pioneering business sensibility among artists of the day, while also being closely connected to the Reformation begun by Martin Luther. And yet today, the most unforgettable aspect of Cranach are his numerous images featuring an unusual eroticism in their depiction of such fabled heroines as Judith, Salome, Venus and Lucretia. These erotic and yet witty images of women both enchant and seduce, as they fascinated their audience at the time, and indeed, even us all these centuries later.

This exhibition marks the first display of Cranach’s work in Japan, and will provide an overall image of his arts, as it also shows how his influence continued after his death and into the modern and contemporary eras. This exhibition, taking place in 2016-2017, exactly 500 years after the beginning of the Reformation, will provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the “temptation” that emanates, even today all these centuries later, from his paintings.

Lectures and Slide Talks will be also held at a museum. Please visit each page for detail.

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