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The Northern Renaissance

Durer to Holbein

Kate Heard and Lucy Whitaker

With contributions by Jennifer Scott, Emma Stuart, Vanessa Remington, Martin Clayton and Jonathan Marsden

 248 pages

Stunning reproductions...a brilliant overview

K.E. Staab, Choice

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Paperback, 290 × 230 mm, 191 colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 905686 82 7

The Northern Renaissance in Europe was a period of rapid social and religious change. This is reflected in much of the art of the period, which is further characterised by a fascinating range of subject matter, superb technical skill and an interest in capturing likeness with almost psychological precision. The same period also saw a great rise in the importance of works on paper, especially prints.

The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein examines works by the greatest masters of this period alongside opulently illuminated manuscripts and early printed books.

Kate Heard is Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. She has published on art and patronage in late medieval England and is also the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the History of Collections.

Lucy Whitaker is Senior Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust. She has published widely on the paintings in the Royal Collection with titles including Victoria & Albert: Art & Love and The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: Renaissance & Baroque.

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Highlights from the publication

Follower of Marinus van Reymerswaele (c. 1490-c. 1567)

The Misers

Quinten Massys (1465/6-1530)

Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)

Follower of Hugo van der Goes (c. 1440-1482)

Virgin and Child with Saints

Gerard David (c.1455-1523) and Workshop


Hans Memling (c. 1440-1494)

Portrait of a Man

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

A Knight, Death and the Devil

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

Burkhard of Speyer (16th century)

Joos van Cleve (d. 1540/41)

A Self-Portrait

Attributed to Master of the Abbey of Dielegem

The Calling of St Matthew

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Sea Monster