Realms of imag­i­na­tion and ex­pres­siv­ity

Städel Mu­seum, Frank­furt 5 Novem­ber 2014 – 8 Fe­bru­ary 2015

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

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

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