Well, I don’t know how this one slipped under the radar. Maybe I was too focused on northern painting in continental museums, but this forthcoming show reminds me of the rich holdings in this country. It starts on 2nd November.
I was invited to the preview, but had to decline- as I’m teaching a course on…you’ve guessed it- northern renaissance art!
Here’s the blurb, and details about the show can be found here. Nice website with a lot of images in the exhibition.
The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe. Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world. Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject matter and superb technical skill. This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period. Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits.
Holbein the Younger’s wonderful Portrait of Derich Born is a well-chosen image to advertise the event.