The exhibition “Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach” has been showing German masterpieces of the sixteenth century in Los Angeles since Sunday (20.11.16). The exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) takes a fresh look at the age of the Reformation and its historical context.
Painting a multifaceted picture of a key epoch
“The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to experience the greatest achievements of German Renaissance art in Southern California,” exclaims Michael Govan, director of the LACMA, relishing the broad spectrum of exhibits that have arrived from overseas in recent weeks. “We are delighted to be able to present these works to mark the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.”
To make this exhibition happen, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Berlin State Museums), the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen (Bavarian State Painting Collections) in Munich have sent some of their masterpieces to Los Angeles. Curated in conjunction with the LACMA, the exhibition shows 120 works, presenting a broad spectrum of art from around 1500. Exhibits include important paintings, drawings, sculptures and treasures that paint a multifaceted picture of a key epoch in German history.