Hans Baldung Grien (1484/85–1545) is one of the most original artists of the 16th century: he not only gave very personal interpretations of traditional themes, but also broke fresh ground, going down in art history for his imposing retables and intimate devotional images, sensual nudes and erotic allegories, as well as portraits, pictures of witches and representations of humanistic beliefs. A contemporary of profound social changes, Baldung rendered the world around him in highly personal, fascinating works — richly coloured paintings, virtuoso designs and powerful wood engravings — many of which stand out for their eccentricity.
The great exhibition held at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe under the patronage of the State of Baden-Württemberg pays homage to this major artist of the Renaissance. The first Baldung retrospective in sixty years (the last one having also been held at the Kunsthalle in 1959), this exhibition will take the latest scientific discoveries into account and open new perspectives on the artist, offering a comprehensive overview with works from the museum's collection being supplemented by a number of works on loan from various international institutions.
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