Category Archives: Northern Renaissance

The Seven Deadly Sins

Jan Mandijn, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, circa 1530s In George Monbiot’s thoughtful piece Bomb Everyone he lists the seven muslim countries Barack Obama has bombed: Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Syria “in each case citing a moral imperative.” Details … Continue reading

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Albrecht Altdorfer

Albrecht Altdorfer, Danube Landscape near Regensburg with Scheuchenberg, c. 1528 Albrecht Altdorfer, Landscape with Satyrfamilie, 1507 Albrecht Altdorfer, The Crucifixion, c. 1526 Albrecht Altdorfer, The Crucifixion, c. 1518 Albrecht Altdorfer, Calvary, 1526 Albrecht Altdorfer, The Crucifixion (panel of the Sebastian Altar), 1509-1518 Albrecht Altdorfer, Landscape … Continue reading

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Quentin Matsys

Quentin Matsys, The Userer and his Wife, 1514, oil on panel The great historian Immanuel Wallerstein locates the beginning of the  Capitalist world economy at around the time that Quentin Matsys was making his paintings.  I find it fascinating to observe … Continue reading

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Hans Sebald Beham & More Prison News

Hans Sebald Beham, The Year’s End, engraving, 1546 Beham (1500-1550) was a Nuremberg artist expelled from his hometown on charges of plagiarizing Albrecht Dürer, making Hans an early Post-Modernist. It’s a shame the practice of expelling Postmodern plagiarists from town … Continue reading

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Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer, Prodigal Son, Engraving, about 1497, when the artist was 26 years old Albrecht Dürer, Madonna and Child, Engraving, about 1514 when the artist was 43 years old I recently saw these two Dürer engravings hung side by side … Continue reading

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Albrecht Dürer’s Apocalypse

I’ve been looking closely at the work of Albrecht Dürer over the past couple weeks, particularly the woodcuts derived from the Book of Revelations. They’re really an astonishing group of prints. Dürer did them just after a trip to Italy … Continue reading

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