Residents Viewed Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Cranach and Durer at LACMA!

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach brought to Los Angeles some of the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art. The period under consideration (1460–1580) was marked by profound changes in thought, philosophy, science, and religion, which in turn transformed the work of many artists of the day. Artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Hans Holbein, Mathias Grünwald, Tilman Riemenschneider, Peter Vischer, and a host of others reflected this new vision of the world in their works. The period was marked by conflicts, civil wars, and complex relationships with neighboring countries, but also witnessed a flourishing of many states and cities, reflected in the skills of their craftsmen. The exhibition comprised over 100 pieces, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, arms and armors, as well as decorative arts. Residents enjoyed the Renaissance Art, loving the bright, beautiful colors and imagery. On a side note, we had time to explore other exhibitions and ran into a variety of Wassily Kandinsky’s works! We had studied him in our art classes and sketched and copied our own version of the painting that Irwin is featured in!


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