The portrait of the Virgin Mary is considered to be one of Lucas Cranach’s most beautiful female representations, and it presents all the canonical features: white complexion, offset by rosy touches, blond tresses, harmonious facial features, long nose, thin, red lips. Her body is represented lacking almost any specific detail. A more anatomically detailed representation of the Virgin will appear at a later stage of development of European painting, with the fading of the devotional function of images, paralleled by an ever-keener interest in naturalism. However, we notice the Virgin’s uncovered and half-undone hair, the locks of a person’s hair being an important descriptive element in the epoch, almost all narratives overwhelmingly favouring fair hair. ©Dana Roxana Hrib, European Art Gallery Guidebook, Second edition, Sibiu 2011.