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Cranach, Troisième tournoi, 1509. Gravure sur bois.

Cranach and Dürer engravers : rivalry and competition

Graphic arts - Hanging - Room 25

From July, 19th 2011 to November, 13th 2011

In different ways 2011 is the "year of Cranach" in France: there was the exhibition Cranach and his time (at Paris, Musée du Luxembourg, February, 7th 2011 - May, 23th 2011) and the Musée du Louvre's purchase of the famous the Three Graces (1531), thanks to general public donations.

The Petit Palais wants to take part in the interest for one of the most original painters, engravers, and drawers of the german Renaissance, by showing an exhibition dedicated to Cranach and Dürer, as engravers.

About twenty of art works - copper and wood engravings - allow to draw a parallel between two of the most original and strong artisitc figures of the german 16th century. It is interesting to see the masters working on the same subjects and trying to outdo in virtuosity in their own styles. Their respectiv manners to tackle religious topics, as well as secular ones, highlight their sensitivity and their position facing important evolutions of ideas, as humanism and the Reformation.


Tree major subjets will be highlighted: religious iconography, tournaments - particularly those of the Saxe Court and the Maximilien's imperial Court - and portraits. Indeed, both of them used to portray the same people, like the famous humanist Melanchton.


The floor area of the Room 25 does not allow to recieve such an activity.

Cranach, Troisième tournoi, 1509. Gravure sur bois.
Cranach, La Pénitence de saint Jean Chrisothome, gravure sur cuivre, 1509.
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). « La pénitence de Saint Jean Chrysostome, B 63 ».
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). "Saint Eustache". Gravure. Musée des Beaux-Arts de
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). "La course au galop ou le tournoi allemand, B. APP
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