Renaissance and Reformation
The motif of the mixed pair is as old as the world. Even stories about the Creation introduce unequal and contradictory pairs: dark and light, heaven and earth, water and land, and even the first human couple: Adam and Eve. These pairs make it clear that there is always more than one point of view from which to understand the world.
The period around 1500, the epoch of the Renaissance and Reformation, also demands to be viewed from different perspectives. It was characterized by upheavals and contradictions: the culture of Christianity was shaken down to its roots and split. The rebirth of antiquity was followed by the renewal of the mind.
The following juxtapositions take up aspects that characterized the creativity and influence of the Reformers and humanists in this turbulent time.
Online Curation: Nadine Söll, Jutta Dette
Text / Editing: Jutta Dette, Astrid Alexander
Based on: Renaissance and Reformation - German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, Nov 20, 2016–March 26, 2017, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Munich: Prestel, 2016.
© This exhibition was made possible by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, and made possible by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany. Additional support is provided by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.