The Cranachids

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Cranachids is the name given to the descendents of Lucas Cranach the Elder. Lucas Cranach the Elder (Lucas Cranach der Ältere, 4 October 1472 – 16 October 1553), was a German Renaissance painter and printmaker in woodcut and engraving. He was court painter to the Electors of Saxony for most of his career, and is known for his portraits, both of German princes and those of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, whose cause he embraced with enthusiasm, becoming a close friend of Martin Luther. He also painted religious subjects, first in the Catholic tradition, and later trying to find new ways of conveying Lutheran religious concerns in art. He continued throughout his career to paint nude subjects drawn from mythology and religion. He had a large workshop and many works exist in different versions; his son Lucas Cranach the Younger, and others, continued to create versions of his father's works for decades after his death. (- source Wikipedia)

He is my 13th Great Grandfather, however, I am not his most notable descendent.  These are some of the ones that I have discovered so far.  Following some of the noble lines would certainly uncover more.



Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  -

7th Great Grandson - (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels. In addition, numerous literary and scientific fragments, and over 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.



Manfred von Richthofen - 6th Great Grand Nephew of Husband of 2nd Great Granddaughter of Lucas Cranach - (2 May 1892 – 21 April 1918), also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. He is considered the top ace of that war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories, more than any other pilot.

    Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands - 12th Great Granddaughter - born 31 January 1938) is the Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprising the Netherlands, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and Aruba.  Recently abdicated in favour of her son, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands.

    Leka I (Crown Prince) of The Albanians - 12th Great Grandson - (also known as King Leka I; 5 April 1939 – 30 November 2011), was the only son of King Zog I of the Albanians and his queen consort, born Countess Géraldine Apponyi de Nagyappony. He was called Crown Prince King Leka I by Albanian monarchists and some members of the media.

I recently transferred all records to Legacy Family Tree.  The Records link below will take you to the new output.  Let me know what you think.


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