The High Renaissance





Hans Burgkmair


Hans Burgkmair

(b Augsburg, 1473; d Augsburg, May–Aug 1531).

Painter, woodcut designer and draughtsman, son of Thoman Burgkmair. He belongs in the first rank of German early 16th-century artists alongside Durer, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Altdorfer and Matthias Grunewald. While his drawings have received little attention, the approximately 800 woodcuts after his designs bear witness to his imagination, productivity and success. Through his decisive adoption of the forms of the Venetian Renaissance (he and Durer were the first German artists to establish this connection), his links with the circle of artists and humanists around Emperor Maximilian I and his leading position in Augsburg, he played a decisive role in the blossoming of German art c. 1500. His only significant follower in Augsburg was Christoph Amberger.


Holy Family with the Child St John

c. 1525
Oil on wood, 74,2 x 53,5 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin



St John the Evangelist in Patmos

Wood, 153 x 124,7 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich



Crucifix with Mary, Mary Magdalen and St John the Evangelist

Oil on wood, 179 x 166 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich


Madonna with Grape

Oil on wood
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg


Barbara and Hans Schellenberger

Limewood, 41,5 x 28 cm (each)
Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne


Die Geburt Christi

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