Tuesday, October 30, 2012

UK Queen's Art Brings Protestant Reformation to Life

By Stephanie Pett and Paul Casciato, Rueters
"Pieta" (c. 1520-30) by Gerard David
UNITED KINGDOM--- Religious rivals of the Protestant reformation, murderous royal patrons and other 15th-16th century power brokers are brought to life in a new London art show telling the tale of northern Europe's renaissance. Some of the characters on show in drawings and paintings put together for "The Northern Renaissance: Duerer to Holbein" at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace come straight from the pages of Booker prize-winning novelist Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall", with Martin Luther, Thomas More and Henry VIII playing key roles. Works by Albrecht Duerer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Francois Clouet, Leonardo da Vinci, Hans Holbein the Younger and others capture images of people and convey some of the drama from an intense period of religious, political, artistic and philosophical upheaval which convulsed northern Europe. [link]