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Lucas Cranach the Elder
Portrait of Princess Sybille of Cleves, Wife of Johann Friedrich the Magnanimous of Saxony (detail)
ca. 1526
Christie’s New York
Apr. 15, 2008
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by Paul Jeromack

The history of art is starred with masters (Titian, Rembrandt, Goya) whose talent started tentatively, bloomed in maturity and concluded in profundity. But then there are those wunderkinds who initially dazzle and wow, then gradually smooth and soften into an easy charm.