Art & culture

Historic

Gotha’s glamorous history has been shaped by important personalities from various fields, such as politics, science or art and culture. They have made the city nationally and internationally famous through their extraordinary work or remarkable success and therefore influenced the ducal residence’s special status. You can find a small selection of personalities here.

Painter and printmaker

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)

The great painter is closely associated with the history of Gotha city, even though he never lived here permanently ...

The great painter is closely associated with the history of Gotha city, even though he never lived here permanently. As the court painter to the Electors of Saxony, he often spent time in the city and even married the daughter of Gotha’s mayor, Barbara Brengebier.

Her parent’s house at Hauptmarkt 17 in Gotha, which is also known as the Cranach house today, was later inhabited by their daughter Ursula Cranach and her husband Georg Dasch. A stone plague with the sign of a winged snake (for the Cranach family) and the bag (for the Dasch) family still documents the marriage today. Paintings by Lucas Cranach are exhibited in the Ducal Museum in Gotha.