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See Masters of the German Renaissance at the National Gallery

Date Posted: 18/02/14

See Masters of the German Renaissance at the National Gallery

What makes a work of art beautiful? This is exactly the question that the National Gallery will be trying to answer from February 19th to May 11th, through its new exhibition Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance.

The exhibition will feature more than 30 loans from collections across the UK, as well as pieces from the museum’s own collection and comprises paintings, drawings and prints by well-known German Renaissance artists. These include works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, among others.  

One of the main pieces of work on display, for the first time ever, will be a reconstruction of the Liesborn altarpiece, created after 1465 and originally located in the Benedictine Abbey of Liesborn in Germany.

Important paintings featured will include the Matthias Grünewald’s drawing of 'An Elderly Woman with Clasped Hands', the renowned Holbein miniature of 'Anne of Cleves' and 'Portrait of Young Man with a Rosary' by Hans Baldung Grien. The exhibition will explore how these works went from being beautiful to perceived as almost ugly in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when compared to works of the Italian Renaissance.

Visit the exhibition as part of a London city break, looking at other places of interest in the area, including the National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.

 

Posted by Hayley Brent

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