The Art of the Renaissance in Northern Europe by Otto Benesch

By Otto Benesch

The content material of this publication was once first offered to the general public in a chain of lectures brought on the Lowell Institute in Boston in March 1944. the writer needs to specific his due to the Trustees of the Lowell Institute, and likewise to Professor J. Douglas Bush. He feels rather indebted to Dr. Arthur Burkhard for having revised the language of the textual content of the lectures.

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Activity, yet : Extremists in Art and Religion 28 The Isenheim Altar is dated 15 15. to 15 15, as contracts for the shrine The master worked on drawn up it probably from 15 13 in these years are known. Preceptors of the order, whose main task was the hospitahzation and cure of sick people, were the Itahans Johan de Orliac and Guido Guersi who, strangely enough, entrusted the greatest northern painter of their time with the noble task. The altar consisted of a shrine of sculptures by the carver Niclas Hagnower and three pairs of wings, two movable ones and one fixed.

Extremists in Art and Religion 40 Griinewald's influence was strong, mainly in the region of the Main, and the Middle and Upper Rhine, although he did not form a proper school as Diirer did. Traces of his strange emotionaUsm can be found in the art of Hans Baldung, who hved and worked in Strassburg. proached the great pictorial He came from Diirer's studio, yet later he ap- and rhapsodic touch of Griinewald. Many of his works have a worldly, almost pagan flavour, yet some of his religious representations vibrate from an inner tension which is congenial to Griinewald's expressionism ; for instance the woodcut of the Lamentation for Christ (Bartsch, no.

Immediate way to God, It and profanation of Luther's appearance; new tragedy in his German own ancvv^. A A wave of spirits to find an through the strength of their behef reforming spirit arose years before had even more inner significance before the development Protestant dogmatism. illustrations for the every day it soul. is swept through the religion was the ardent desire of the leading to justify themselves instead through outer ecclesiastic formulas. of the like the Peter- whole It is alive in Diirer's work beginning with the Apocalypse.

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