Realms of imagination and expressivity
Städel Museum, Frankfurt 5 November 2014 – 8 February 2015
In the early sixteenth century, fundamental innovations came about in the art of Europe, which took on a surprisingly modern appearance as a result. The exhibition Realms of Imagination: Albrecht Altdorfer and the Expressivity of Art around 1500, vividly conveys how, around 1500, an entire generation of artists formulated the genres of landscape and history painting as well as the portrait anew.
Far removed from naturalistic representation, an innovative, expressive interplay of light effects, exuberant colouration
and grotesque forms and poses evolved. This development was evident throughout the spectrum of artistic media: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and book illumination.
Taking the artists Albrecht Altdorfer (ca. 1480–1538), Wolf Huber (ca. 1485–1553), the Master IP of Passau (active until after 1520) and Hans Leinberger (documented in Landshut, 1510–1530) as a point of departure, the phenomenon of “expressivity” – a chief pursuit of the artists of the so-called Danube School – will here be placed in a panEuropean context for the first time.
Wolf Huber (1485–1553), The Arrest of Christ, after 1520