The Nymph of the Spring (after 1537)

Cranach, Lucas the Elder (1472-1553)

The Nymph of the Spring
after 1537
Oil on panel, 48.4 x 72.8 cm
National Gallery of ArtWashington

The inscription on this painting (I am the nymph of the sacred spring, do not disturb my sleep. I am resting) may be an allusion to a legendary ancient Roman fountain with which a Latin verse was associated.