Lucas van Leyden

Masterworks of Printmaking

30 June to 1 October 2006

In the early 16th century, Lucas van Leyden was the most famous and the most highly appreciated graphic artist north of the Alps aside from Albrecht Dürer. His works are distinguished by an independent and original choice of subjects and narration, sureness and fineness of line, and an interest in atmospheric effects. The Städel Museum’s Department of Prints and Drawings has comprehensive holdings of prints by Lucas van Leyden, of which a selection was presented and commented in this exhibition. The show was complemented with selected loans from the engravings collections of Amsterdam, Berlin, and Dresden, as well as with comparative examples by other artists such as Schongauer, Dürer, and Rembrandt.

CURATOR: Dr. Martin Sonnabend, Städel Museum