Holbein and the Renaissance in the North

2 NOVEMBER 2023 – 18 FEBRUARY 2024
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HOLBEIN AND THE RENAISSANCE IN THE NORTH

2 NOVEMBER 2023 TO 18 FEBRUARY 2024
Exhibition annex
Press preview: Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 11.00 am

It was a turning point in the history of art: Renaissance painting. What had begun in Italy developed into something completely new in Northern Europe in the works of the painters Hans Holbein the Elder (ca. 1464–1524) and Hans Burgkmair (1473–1531), pioneers of this singular art. Its centre was the free imperial and mercantile city of Augsburg, which became the capital of a German—but also an international—Renaissance within just a few decades. None other than Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543), one of the German Renaissance’s greatest painters, would ultimately make this art known throughout Europe. From 2 November 2023 to 18 February 2024, the Städel Museum is devoting an exhibition to this fascinating art-historical epoch. For the first time, it will bring together the most important paintings, drawings and prints of Holbein the Elder and Burgkmair in a presentation further enhanced by works of other Augsburg artists of the period from around 1480 to 1530 as well as prominent works by their colleagues active elsewhere in Germany and in Italy and the Netherlands. Masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Donatello, Jan van Eyck and Hugo van der Goes had a lasting impact on the art of Holbein the Elder and Burgkmair. Uniting some 180 important works from leading international museum collections, the show will offer an overview of the various stylistic particularities of Northern Renaissance painting. A highlight of the Frankfurt show will be the presentation of the two masterworks by Hans Holbein the Younger: The Madonna of Mayor Jacob Meyer zum Hasen (1526–1528) from the Würth Collection and the Solothurn Madonna (1522) from the Kunstmuseum Solothurn.
 
Städel director Philipp Demandt on the exhibition: “The Städel Museum is prized far and wide for its major Old Masters exhibitions. After Rubens, Rembrandt and Reni, it now holds yet another exceptional show in store for the public. The Städel Museum is presenting the Renaissance in the North—a new and entirely unique style of painting that originated more than 500 years ago in the North of Europe at the threshold from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period. We are celebrating the great German painters of the Renaissance and their forerunners in an exhibition featuring some 180 prominent artworks from the world’s leading museum collections. Famous paintings by Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Burgkmair and Holbein the Younger will enter into dialogue with examples by Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Donatello and many others. One of the show’s key objects will be the Madonna by Holbein the Younger from the Würth Collection, a painting regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of the German Renaissance. Its presentation along with the Madonna from the Kunstmuseum Solothurn in Frankfurt is a chance not to be missed.”

“Around 1500, Augsburg was one of the leading art centres north of the Alps. Among the artists of this period, the colleagues and rivals Holbein the Elder and Burgkmair the Elder were especially prominent. Representing the range of stylistic possibilities encompassed by Northern Renaissance painting, their works would come to influence entire generations of later artists, as we see in the paintings of Holbein the Younger. His exploration of the art of Augsburg was groundbreaking to a degree strikingly mirrored in his early work. In less than ten years, Holbein the Younger developed an unmistakable style of his own and thus attained his rank as one of the sixteenth century’s most prominent European artists”, explains Jochen Sander, curator of the exhibition, Deputy Director and Head of the Collection of German, Dutch and Flemish Art before 1800 at the Städel Museum.

CURATOR STÄDEL MUSEUM: Prof Dr Jochen Sander (Städel Museum, Deputy Director and Head of the Collection of German, Dutch and Flemish Painting before 1800)
EXHIBITION DATES 2 November 2023 to 18 February 2024
PRESS PREVIEW: Tuesday, 31 October 2023, 11.00 am
SPONSORED BY: Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe mit Deutsche Leasing AG, Frankfurter Sparkasse & Sparkassen-Kulturfonds des Deutschen Sparkassen- & Giroverbandes; Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V., Dagmar-Westberg-Stiftung

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Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Holbein and the Renaissance in the North“

Hans Holbein the Elder
Portrait of a member of the Augsburg Weiss family
1522
Mixed media on lime wood
41,7 x 35,2 x min. 0,6 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Public Domain

Hans Holbein the Elder , Portrait of a member of the Augsburg Weiss family, 1522

Hans Burgkmair the Elder
Portrait of a young man
1506
40,8 x 28 cm
Poplar wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Hans Burgkmair the Elder, Portrait of a young man, 1506

Hans Burgkmair the Elder
Story of Esther
1528
103 x 156,3 cm
Spruce wood
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, München © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hans Burgkmair the Elder, Story of Esther, 1528

Hans Holbein the Elder
Mary, caressing the child
around 1499
24 x 16,2 cm
Lime wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Hans Holbein the Elder, Mary, caressing the child, around 1499

Niklas Reiser
Mary of Burgundy, half figure in profile
around 1500
79,5 x 56,5 cm
Wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Niklas Reiser Mary of Burgundy, half figure in profile, around 1500

Hans Burgkmair
Christ on the Mount of Olives
1505
Oil on Firwood
92 x 63 cm
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
© Hamburger Kunsthalle / bpk / Foto: Christoph Irrgang

Hans Burgkmair, Christ on the Mount of Olives, 1505

Lukas Furtenagel
Hans Burgkmair and his wife Anna
1529
60 x 52 cm
Lime wood
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Lukas Furtenagel, Hans Burgkmair and his wife Anna, 1529

Jan van Eyck
Lucca Madonna
ca. 1437
mixed media on oak wood
65,7 x 49,6 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main

Jan van Eyck, Lucca Madonna, ca. 1437

Hans Holbein the Younger
Madonna of Solothurn
1522
Oil on lime wood
Solothurn Art Museum, taken over from the Kunstverein, 1879
Photo: David Aebi, Bern

Hans Holbein the Younger, Madonna of Solothurn, 1522

Hans Holbein the Younger
Madonna of the mayor Jacob Meyer zum Hasen
1525/26 and 1528
Oil on coniferous wood
Würth Collection, Inv. 14910
Photo: Volker Naumann, Schönaich

Hans Holbein the Younger, Madonna of the mayor Jacob Meyer zum Hasen, 1525/26 and 1528

Andrea Solario
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
ca. 1520/24
Wood
58,7 × 57,7 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
© KHM-Museumsverband

Andrea Solario, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, ca. 1520/24

Hans Holbein the Younger
Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall
ca. 1535-1540
Mixed media on oak wood Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Public Domain

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Simon George of Cornwall, ca. 1535-1540

Jost de Negker (form cutter), Hans Burgkmair the Elder
Emperor Maximilian I on horseback
1508
323 x 227 mm
Clair-obscur woodcut in two plates (beige green)
Albertina, Wien
© ALBERTINA, Wien

Jost de Negker (form cutter), Hans Burgkmair the Elder, Emperor Maximilian I on horseback, 1508

Prof Dr Jochen Sander (Städel Museum, Deputy Director and Head of the Collection of German, Dutch and Flemish Painting before 1800)
Photo: Städel Museum – Sima Dehgani

Prof Dr Jochen Sander (Städel Museum, Deputy Director and Head of the Collection of German, Dutch and Flemish Painting before 1800)
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