In these teacher materials, students will discover how simple machines (lever, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, wheel and axle, and screw) have played a part in the development of arms and armor.
These teacher materials allow students to evaluate works of art in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art in their historical context. Portraiture in particular is explored as a way of eva
Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472-1553)
oil, originally on wood, transferred to masonite, Framed - h:133.00 w:185.50 d:7.30 cm (h:52 5/16 w:73 d:2 13/16 inches)
Unframed - h:116.80 w:170.20 cm (h:45 15/16 w:67 inches). John L. Severance Fund 1958.425
The Protestant rulers of Saxony commissioned this animated hunt scene, set near their residence seen in the background, Hartenfels Castle (now in eastern Germany). John Frederick the Magnanimous, in the bottom left corner, wears dark green hunting attire; he spans his crossbow and waits for his courtiers and dogs to chase a stag across the river. His wife, the Electress Sibylle, stands at right, poised to take the first ceremonial shot. The prince electors of Saxony were passionate practitioners of hunting with dogs—elaborate, highly rehearsed occasions, coordinated by the use of signals from hunting horns.
Cranach dated this work and his signature is the winged snake at lower right. 1577 in the right corner is an inventory number.