Cranach – Artist and Innovator

Earlier this year, Compton Verney briefly opened an exhibition devoted to the life and legacy of the great 17th century master Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), which brought together more works by the master and described his life as court painter to the Electors of Saxony.

Littlewoods heir and eclectic art collector Peter Moores ranks as one of the greatest philanthropists of modern times. He loved a lot of things: among them opera (he had 30 translated into English so audiences could understand what was going on); archaic Chinese bronzes, folk art and Dutch and British paintings. 

In 1993 his foundation bought a dilapidated mansion in Warwickshire, Compton Verney set in 120 acres of Capability Brown landscape. The building was restored and six galleries were created and furnished with his collections, which remarkably include four paintings by the great 17th century master Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553.)

Sadly, within five days, Compton Verney was shut down owing to Covid-19, but online tours of Cranach can be seen on its website. Now Compton Verney has opened its gardens and grounds to members – so join up! The house remains closed, but this is at least a chance to experience part of Moores’ hugely generous gift to the nation and help keep Compton Verney alive for future generations.

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