Hans Baldung

Hans Baldung - 1

  • Year of birth: 1480
  • Date of death: Sep 1545
  • Country: Germany


Baldung, Hans (1480 – 1485 – 1545 G. G.) is one of the most famous and successful pupils of Albrecht dürer. He is well known as a painter, engraver and talented artist. The work of Baldung are called verhnemullinskoy school which gave the world many famous artists.

The future artist was born in a family lawyer. It was dominated by the humanistic spirit that literally since infancy has shaped the identity of the boy. About the early life of the master is known not too much. We know that his family moved from schwäbisch gmünd, where he was born, in Strasbourg, and then Baldung just a child (according to other sources – young) is the workshop of Albrecht dürer in Nuremberg. Become apprenticed to a master – this is a significant achievement, which suggests that already at this young age, Hans showed himself to be a gifted child and had a great artistic makings.

Staying as an apprentice in dürer, Baldung and other artists works independently, performing a variety of illustrations and drawings. From the period of the artist preserved his self-portrait made in the technique of drawing. Already it is possible to judge how richly was endowed by nature the young master.

On his Outlook and artistic style was largely influenced by the religious movement of the reformation. At this time it affected all spheres of life, and the Baldung openly joined the ranks of its most ardent advocates. Even in the early works of masters of the observed features characteristic for the severe art of the supporters of the reformation.

In subsequent years the artist has worked in Freiburg im Breisgau, take a trip to Switzerland and Alsace. In 1538 he became court painter at the court of the Bishop of Strasbourg.

Although Baldung attributed to representatives of verhnekamskoe art schools, his work is much broader in the framework document. First and foremost, this is manifested as a freer choice of topics for paintings and imagination he showed in his work.

To our days have survived such a talented wizard as the main altar of the Cathedral in Freiburg and paintings Lihtenshtejnskogo convent. On the highest level of his painting is the fact that his brush for a long time attributed the authorship of the famous Sengamala the altar, created by the great Matthias Grünewald.

For works characterized by talented and harmonious combination of colors, delicate and meticulous attention to detail. Much attention in his paintings devoted to the faces of the characters – they are alive, natural, embellished “puppet”, and are what the wizard could see on the streets of the city. This is especially valuable paintings of the artist – the harsh truth of life gives us a lot of useful information about times long past. Painting is like a frozen forever fingerprints-time with all its characteristic details and features.

He died in 1545 in Strasbourg. His legacy allows us to judge that Germany in those times gave the world no less talented artists than Italy or other European countries.