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The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbeinby Kate Heard
Synopses & Reviews
The Northern Renaissance was a period of profound social and religious upheaval in Europe, with the rapid spread of humanism and the burgeoning Protestant Reformation sweeping the continent. Reflecting this momentous change is the glorious art of the period, which draws on the complex themes of religion, allegory, and classical myth and is further characterized by superb technical skill coupled with an interest in capturing likeness with almost psychological precision.
This sumptuously illustrated volume features works by German artists Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein—two of the great masters of the Northern Renaissance. Working in a variety of media that included engravings, woodcuts, illuminated manuscripts, and oil paintings, Dürer and Holbein created landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of near-photographic realism, including Holbeins superlative drawings of members of Henry VIIIs court. Examined here alongside a selection of works by other Northern Renaissance masters—including Lucas Cranach, François Clouet, Jan Gossaert, and Joos van Cleve—the works of Dürer, Cranach, and Holbein are shown to be a blend of techniques and ideals old and new.
Drawn from the Royal Collections world-class paintings and drawings, The Northern Renaissance marks a major reexamination of works that have been little considered during the past forty years and offers a uniquely beautiful overview of a fascinating period in European art.
About the Author
Kate Heard is curator of prints and drawings in the Royal Collection Trust and deputy editor of the Journal of the History of Collections.
Lucy Whitaker is assistant surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures and coauthor of The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: Renaissance and Baroque, also published by the Royal Collection Trust.
Table of Contents
Map: Northern Europe c.1500
Family Tree: Rulers of Northern Europe in the Renaissance
Northern Europe in the Age of Dürer and Holbein
1. The Netherlands
2. Albrecht Dürer
3. Art in the Holy Roman Empire
4. Hans Holbein the Younger
5. Art in France
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