The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna’s 2024 spring exhibition is devoted to three pioneers of the Renaissance north of the Alps: Hans Holbein the Elder, Hans Burgkmair, and Albrecht Dürer. It offers an opportunity to experience fascinating works by these artists and to explore how Augsburg became the birthplace of the Northern Renaissance.
Like hardly any other metropolis north of the Alps, the Fugger city of Augsburg was influenced by Italian art at the beginning of the sixteenth century. This is impressively demonstrated by the most important Augsburg painters of this era: Hans Holbein the Elder (ca. 1465–1524) and Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473–1531). In the exhibition, these two contrasting artists enter into dialogue with Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), who worked for the Fuggers, Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/98–1543), who also came from Augsburg, and other German, Italian and Dutch contemporaries.
On display are more than 160 paintings, sculptures and other works from many of the most important collections in Europe and the United States. In this way, the upheavals in art around 1500 become just as vividly comprehensible as the role of the imperial and trading city of Augsburg as a centre of the Renaissance in the north.
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, where it can be seen from 2 November 2023 to 18 February 2024 under the title Holbein and the Renaissance in the North.