BALDUNG Hans (Baldung Hans)( German graphic artist, painter and creator of stained glass.)
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Biography BALDUNG Hans (Baldung Hans)
Baldung was born near Strasbourg in 1484 and, possibly, ca. 1503 studied in A. Durer. In 1512-1517 he lived in Freiburg, where he wrote the altar of the cathedral, which is considered his best work. The rest of his life in Strasbourg, where he became court painter and member of the Bishop City Council.
Engraving Witches' Sabbath (1510), with dramatic contrasts of light and shadow, demonstrates the artist's interest in magic and his desire to convey the emotional atmosphere of what is happening. Imbued with a completely different picture of the mood of Christmas (1520, Munich, Alte Pinakothek) - a charming night scene, in which people and animals are worshiped the infant Christ among the wonderful light illumined ruins. The series of paintings depicting nude figures (Adam and Eve, Judith, Venus, 1925), illustrated in full growth, recalls works of the masters of the Italian Renaissance, but has, however, the inherent rigidity of North European art. Moralizing Baldunga on impermanence of human flesh was reflected in his passion for plot 'a girl and death'. In one of its versions (1517, Basel, public art collection) disgusting skeletal figure of death plunges his teeth into her plump cheek of a young woman. Painting Hercules and Antaeus (Kassel, Art Gallery) shows how the interpretation of ancient myth Baldungom far from his understanding of the art of Italian Renaissance. Exaggerating the anatomical structure of the figures - feature antiklassicheskaya, using the elements of the grotesque, the master gives the images a powerful expression