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The Discovery of Man

September 16–January 15:
The Hypo-Kunsthalle will shed light on a rather neglected genre in art history—portraiture in Germany around 1500.

Albrecht Duerer 276x

In contrast to the far-famed Dutch and Italian portraits of the late Middle Ages, German paintings of the same genre have not been taken into account as outstanding pieces so far. The exhibition "The Discovery of Man" will aim at changing this notion by featuring 170 top-class art works that have been created at the turn of the 15th century. Divided into different sections, one part of the show will illuminate how artists started focusing on individuals at the dawn of the renaissance. Another part will highlight three painters, who not only mastered the genre but also weaved in their individual interpretations of art into their portraits. Albrecht Dürer stood for the sublime, while Lucas Cranach the Elder represented simplicity. Hans Holbein the Younger, finally, achieved a new level of realism that has strongly defined the public notion of Old German art. Apart from works on canvas, the exhibition will also comprise a selected number of sculptures, drawings and numismatic pieces. For more information, visit


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