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New Exhibition

Lucas van Leyden (1489/1494–1533)
Master of Printmaking  

June 29 until September 24, 2017

Staatliche Graphische Sammlung | Pinakothek der Moderne 

Together with Albrecht Dürer and Marcantonio Raimondi, Lucas van Leyden is the most famous engraver of the Renaissance. Art theoretician Karel van Mander wrote in 1604 that the artist, a child prodigy born in Leiden, Holland, had already made his first dated engraving at the age of 14.

The exhibition presents a rich selection of around 100 prints from the holdings of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich. They make Lucas van Leyden’s artistic process transparent and offer profound insight into his visual world. He is known for his delicate engraving technique: the subtle gradations of grey with which he produced spatial depth and atmospheric mood fascinated fellow artists and collectors early on, including Rembrandt. And even today his imaginative storytelling – through original interpretations of traditional themes as well as new and unconventional subjects – can cast a spell on the viewer.

Fig.: Lucas van Leyden, St George Liberating the Princess, c. 1508, Engraving, 160 x 116 mm (sheet), Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München © Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München.


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