It is a turning point in the history of art: Renaissance painting. From 2 November 2023 to 18 February 2024, the Städel Museum is devoting itself to this fascinating epoch of art. For the first time, the most important paintings, drawings and prints by Holbein the Elder and Burgkmair will be brought together in one exhibition, complemented by works by other Augsburg artists from the period from around 1480 to 1530 as well as important works by German, Italian and Dutch masters.
What began in Italy developed into something completely new in northern Europe – with the painters Hans Holbein the Elder (c. 1464-1524) and Hans Burgkmair (1473-1531) as pioneers of this unique art. Its centre was the free imperial and commercial city of Augsburg, which in just a few decades developed into the capital of a German and at the same time international Renaissance. None other than one of the greatest German Renaissance painters of the time …
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Fig. above: Hans Holbein the Elder, Portrait of a Member of the Weiss Family of Augsburg, 1522, mixed media on lime wood, 41.7 x 35.2 x min. 0.6 cm, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Public Domain