The free online research database dedicated to paintings and archival documents related to Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553), his sons and their workshop.

Unrestricted access to comprehensive documentation and the results of interdisciplinary art historical, historical, technical and scientific research.

„In seiner Erschließungstiefe ist das Digitale Cranach Archiv ohne Vergleich.“


"The future of Cranach scholarship is not on paper, but in the form of the Cranach Digital Archive."

The Art Newspaper

„Wenige Mausklicks genügen, und sie können vom heimischen Schreibtisch aus forschen.“


„Mit dieser mustergültigen Plattform hat der auf Herrschaftswissen basierende Oeuvrekatalog ausgedient.“


„Fantastisch ist das Projekt auch, weil Cranach selbst es wirklich zu schätzen gewusst hätte.“

Frankfurter Rundschau


Lucas Cranach

Lucas Cranach the Elder embodies the ideals of Renaissance man active not only as a painter and printmaker, but also as an entrepreneur and politician.

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Interdisciplinary and interinstitutional

The Cranach Digital Archive shows that cooperation can broaden the scope for the assessment and interpretation of art works.

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24 May 2017
The large monographic exhibition ‘Cranach. Master – Hallmark – Modernism’ has already received over 35,000 visitors and will continue to run until the 30th of July in the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

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1,600 paintings

14,200 high resolution images
900 pdf-documents
6,500 text pages in German and English
378 archival documents
3,300 bibliographical references
1,285 infrared reflectograms
520 x-radiographs
and many more

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Our Partners

An initiative by the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf und Cologne University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with more than 250 museums, research institutions, church communities and private collections in 29 countries. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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In cooperation with our partners the cda-team has examined over 1015 paintings in 118 collections and churches employing new methods such as digital infrared reflectography

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