Human ages and Death, Hans Baldung (Green)

Human ages and Death, Hans Baldung (Green)
Human ages and Death, Hans Baldung (Green) - 1

  • Posted by Hans Baldung
  • Museum: Prado Museum
  • Year: 1541-1544

Overview of the painting :

Human Age and Death – Hans Baldung (Green). 1541-1544. Wood, butter. 151×61
   Hans Baldung (circa 1484 / 1485-1545), nicknamed Green, is a German painter and engraver, a student of Albrecht Dührer, in whose workshop he worked in 1502-1504. Baldung was nicknamed Green, perhaps because he loved green. there is But there is another opinion regarding the nickname of Baldung. It is due to the fact that in the Middle Ages the word “grienen” meant “to laugh”, and the nickname can be explained by irony and sarcasm, which filled some of the artist’s works. In this case, Green’s nickname can be understood as the “Hanser”. Baldung’s work is very diverse, it includes religious compositions, works on allegorical and mythological stories, sketches of stained glass and tapestries, many graphic works, especially book illustrations.    For the master, the philosophical development of the theme of death in its allegorical versions was very important, which became an exceptional phenomenon in the art of Germany. The composition “The Age of Man and Death” presents an allegory of the three age periods of human life. Death is depicted as a skeleton with a hourglass in his hand. A sleeping baby symbolizes childhood, a young girl – youth, a exhausted decrepit woman – old age.    Baldung’s image of female figures demonstrates how far his interpretation of nudity is from understanding antiquity in the art of Italian Renaissance. The canvas gives the impression of belonging to the period of the late Middle Ages with its images of the Apocalypse in Gothic art.