[Distributed Books]: The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein


Now in Paperback

The Northern Renaissance

Dürer to Holbein

By Kate Heard and Lucy Whitaker 

Published by the Royal Collection Trust
Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication date: February 1, 2014 248 pages • 240 color plates • ISBN-13: 978-1-905686-82-7
  ISBN-13: 978-1-905686-76-6 • Paper $29.95

The Northern Renaissance was a period of profound social and religious change in Europe, with the rapid spread of humanism and the burgeoning Protestant Reformation sweeping the continent. Reflecting this change is the art of the period, which draws on religion, allegory, and myth and is further characterized by superb technical skill coupled with an interest in capturing likeness with almost psychological precision.

Now in paperback, this sumptuously illustrated volume features works by German artists Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein—two of the great masters of the Northern Renaissance. Working in a variety of media that included engravings, woodcuts, illuminated manuscripts, and oil paintings, Dürer and Holbein created landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of near-photographic realism, including Holbein’s superlative drawings of members of Henry VIII’s court. Examined here alongside a selection of works by other Northern Renaissance masters—including Lucas Cranach, François Clouet, Jan Gossaert, and Joos van Cleve—the works of Dürer, Cranach, and Holbein are shown to be a blend of techniques and ideals old and new.

Drawn from the Royal Collection’s world-class paintings and drawings, The Northern Renaissance marks a major reexamination of works that have been little considered during the past forty years.


Kate Heard is assistant curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle and editor of the Journal of the History of Collections. Lucy Whitaker is Assistant Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures and coauthor of The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection.


Please contact Melinda Kennedy at mkennedy1@press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2945 for more information.


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