Danube School


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Danube School

 

a movement in painting and graphic art that arose in southern Germany and Austria in the first half of the 16th century. The early works of L. Cranach, the works of A. Altdorfer and W. Huber, as well as a number of works of H. Lautensack, A. Hirschvogel, and J. Breu, are representative of the Danube school of art. The works of this school, representing a complete break with medieval artistic traditions, are characterized by freedom of imagination, intensity of feeling, romantic and at times fantastic images, an interest in nature (especially river and forest landscapes) and in space and light, a dynamic and impetuous manner, expressiveness of drawing, and intensity of color.

REFERENCE

Stange, A. Malerei der Donauschule. Munich, 1964.
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Among other innovations, he is credited with influencing the Danube school, a circle of painters along the Danube Valley, known for their advanced painterly style, printmaking, and etching; for early printing of woodcuts in color; for the full length portrait as an independent art form; and for various techniques intended to speed up painting and standardize technical processes.
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As well as providing an up-to-date resume of well-known altarpieces, such as those at Blaubeuren and Rothenburg, this book introduces the reader to some little-known gems, such as the altarpiece at Lorch am Rhein, and the one at Mauer bei Melk in Lower Austria, associated with the Danube School.
More broadly, the paintings take their place in the northern landscape tradition, which has tried to penetrate the dramatic mystery of nature since the time of the Danube School.
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