Event: The Northern Renaissance – Durer to Holbein
Location: Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, SW1
The Northern Renaissance: Durer to Holbein celebrates the Renaissance in northern Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries through the work of some of the best artists of the time such as Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Hans Holbein the Younger.
The exhibition aims to demonstrate that the Renaissance did not only take place in Italy but also further north. This was a time of great change in Europe with the Reformation in northern Europe and the great rivalry between the Hapsburg Holy Roman Emperor, the kings of France and Henry VIII. In art this meant a competition by monarchs to attract the best artists to their court and a move away from religious imagery in art as the Protestant Reformation took hold.
There are over 100 pictures on show, from preparatory sketches to prints and oil paintings, for example, Durer’s beautifully detailed woodcut prints and drawings (including scenes from the Book of Revelations and his Indian rhinoceros), Holbein’s portrait of Thomas More and Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents. The exhibition runs until 14 April.