Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Dürer and Holbein

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The names Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein the Younger evoke the dazzling accomplishments of Renaissance panel painting and printmaking, but they may not summon images of stained glass. Nevertheless, Dürer, Holbein, and their southern German and Swiss contemporaries designed some of the most splendid works in the history of the medium. This lavish volume is a comprehensive survey of the contribution to stained glass made by these extraordinarily gifted artists and the equally talented glass painters who rendered their compositions in glass.

Included are discussions of both monumental church windows and smaller-scale stained-glass panels made for cloisters, civic buildings, residences, and private chapels. The subjects of these rarely seen drawings and panels range from religious topics to secular themes, including love, planets, hunts, and battles.

Focusing on stained glass produced in Germany and Switzerland from about 1495 to 1530, Painting on Light includes drawings by Dürer, Holbein, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Baldung Grien, Jörg Breu the Elder, Hans Burgkmair, Urs Graf, Hans von Kulmbach, Hans Leu the Younger, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, Hans Schäufelein, Hans Weiditz, and others. This informative book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Getty Museum from July 11 through September 24, 2000, and from November 7, 2000, to January 4, 2001, at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Any collegelevel arts library collection including classes or studies in stained glass will want to include this specialty history, which examines the collaboration between draftsmen and glass painters in southern Germany and Switzerland from 1480 to 1530. While Albrecht Durer is the focus here, others are examined for their contributions to the stained glass field and Painting on Light is packed with drawings and color examples of their works in a unique, appealing presentation.
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Meet the Author

Barbara Butts was curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Lee Hendrix is curator of drawings at the Getty Museum.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Lenders to the Exhibition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Drawn on Paper - Painted on Glass 1
Monumental Stained Glass in Southern Germany in the Age of Durer 17
In Honor of Friendship: Function, Meaning, and Iconography in Civic Stained-Glass Donations in Switzerland and Southern Germany 43
On the Artistic Technique of Glass Painting in the Age of Durer and Holbein and Its Conservation Problems 57
Precursors 67
Nuremberg 83
Augsburg 189
Strasbourg and Freiburg 233
Regensburg 249
Bern 253
Zurich 275
Basel 283
List of References 313
Index 326
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