Lucas Cranach – Renaissance Beauties

26.9.2019 ─ 5.1.2020

Lucas Cranach the Elder: Venus and Cupid the Honey Thief, 1530. Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. © SMK Photo | Jakob Skou-Hansen


Renaissance Beauties is the first monographic exhibition in Finland on the oeuvre of the great German Renaissance master Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472−1553). The works on display include paintings and prints from the collections of European museums. The paintings in the collections of the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Portrait of a Young Woman (1525) and Lucretia (1530), are the only works by Lucas Cranach in Finland. They represent popular themes in the artist’s oeuvre: female portraits and beauties, both rendered in a personal and recognizable style. These works constitute the starting point for the exhibition. Read more about recent research on these works in the web magazine FNG Research >>


Lucas Cranach the Elder: Portrait of a young woman, 1525. Finnish National Gallery | Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery, Hannu Aaltonen


Cranach’s fascinating and enigmatic paintings have spoken to artists over the ages. Among the best-known examples are probably the interpretations by Picasso, represented in the exhibition by some prints. A present-day perspective on the handsome jewellery depicted in Cranach’s works is offered by a number of impressive items created by German jewellery artists.


Lucas Cranach the Elder: Lucretia, 1530. Finnish National Gallery | Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Photo: Finnish National Gallery, Hannu Aaltonen.



The Sinebrychoff Brewing Family

Red Cellar

The brewery established by Nikolai Sinebrychoff (1787/88–1848) in 1819 grew from a small family business to a hugely successful enterprise. The Sinebrychoffs used their vast wealth to benefit others, including the workers at the brewery and Helsinki’s poor. They also gave significant financial support to the arts. The family home is now the Sinebrychoff Art Museum, which displays the Paul and Fanny Sinebrychoff art collection dating back to the 1890s. The Sinebrychoff Brewing Family exhibition showcases the family’s history, focusing on a collection of family portraits donated by Oy Sinebrychoff Ab. Soon to mark its 200th anniversary, Sinebrychoff is the oldest brewery in the Nordic countries. It is currently owned by the Danish Carlsberg Group.

Anna ja Paul Sinebrychoff lapsineen

Paul and Anna Sinebrychoff with their children. 1860s. Photo Fritz Hjertzell. The Finnish Heritage Agency.