Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance

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The Crucifixion (about 1490-5)

© The National Gallery, London

'Cupid complaining to Venus', about 1525

© The National Gallery, London

'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling (Anne Lovell?)', about 1526‑8

© The National Gallery, London

'Saints Genevieve and Apollonia', 1506

© The National Gallery, London

'Saint Jerome', about 1496

© The National Gallery, London

'Jean de Dinteville and Georges de Selve ('The Ambassadors')', 1533

© The National Gallery, London

‘The Trinity and the Mystic Pietà’ (1512)

© The National Gallery

'Angels Worshipping the Christ Child' (1470-80)

© LWL– Museum Für Kunst und Kultur

The National Gallery's fantastic collection of German renaissance paintings are the focus of this show, with stunning works by Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Durer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, examining the evolution of their work.

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This is a fantastic collection of paintings by German artists working in the late 15th and 16th centuries. It features work by well-known names, including Hans Holbein the YoungerAlbrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, among others. If this all sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen it before, in the same venue, for free.

Strange Beauty is money for old rope. To make way for Paolo Veronese’s mammoth canvasses, the National Gallery has had a reshuffle. With an eye always on the bottom line, rather than moving the displaced works into storage, they have assembled them into this exhibition with an admission fee of £8. 

In fairness, 30 of the 100 pieces on show are from other collections (with notable work from the V&A), and the interpretation is illuminating. However, with so little ‘new’ work, one can’t help but feel cheated. You can see much of this exhibition in a few months’ time, when it returns to the free galleries upstairs.

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