Durer, Holbein Grunewald

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Hatje Cantz, 1999 - Art - 447 pages
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Presenting for the first time complementary holdings from the internationally renowned drawing collections of the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, and the Kupferstichkabinett, Basel, this deluxe volume is a singular overview of drawings from the beginning of the German Renaissance to the mid-sixteenth century. In this period of transition from the late Middle Ages to the early modern age, craftsmen and artists emerged from the traditional anonymity of their trade. They began consciously to reflect on their role in society, and took a more humanist view of nature in their work. They chose to depict dramatic events rather than biblical allegories and saints, using detailed perspective and natural scenery. In addition to drawings by three of the most accomplished artists of this era -- Albrecht Durer, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Matthias Grunwald, this book includes three who worked in Durer's workshop -- Hans Baldung, Hans von Kulmbach, and Hans Schaufelein; the Swiss artists Urs Graf and Niklaus Manuel; and the master of the Danube school, Albrecht Altdorier, Erhard Altdorfer, and Wolf Huber. This exceptional survey presents twenty-five artists altogether, each represented by descriptive analysis and color reproductions of their work, in addition to detailed essays about the history of the Basel and Berlin collections, an outline of the history of master drawings from the German Renaissance, and a selected bibliography.

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From Schongauer to Holbein: master drawings from Basel and Berlin

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This catalog for a recent show at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, presents over 190 drawings dating from between 1465 and 1545 and originating in the area now known as Germany. Drawings ... Read full review


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