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A Medieval ruler created a great power


Turnierbuch Freydal, c. 1512. Photo: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Emperor Maximilan I (1459-1519) is among the most popular Habsburg rulers. He ruled during a period of transition, what we call today the change from the Middle Ages to a new period of scientific discoveries, humanism, colonization of the Americas and Asia, printing, the rise of dynasties and bureaucracies. Maximilian loved medieval tournaments, but established the pillars of a great power. This exhibition deals with the most relevant features of his rule.

The First Dutch Master


Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (c. 1475-1533), noli me tangere (1507). © Stedelijke Museum Alkmaar

One of the predecessors of the great masters of the Dutch Golden Age was Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (c. 1475-1533). In his day Van Oostsanen already was a celebrated artist, well known for his paintings drawings, stained-glass windows and other objects of art. At Alkmaars Grote Sint Laurens Kerk (Great St. Lawrence Chucrh) , completed around 1520, The ‚Last Judgement‘ by Van Oostsanen, a ceiling painting dating from 1518, can be admired in full glory after its restoration was completed in 2011. Other works by Van Oostsanen are presented in two museums, the Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar and the Amsterdam Museum. The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar features a near complete art-historical survey of the life and work of the artists. The Amsterdam Museum tells the sory of Amsterdam and the workshop of the artist around 1500. His workshop in Amsterdam was highly productive and attracted patrons from Holland and abroad. The story of the artist as cultural entrepreneur is told with reference to his major artworks.

Art Deco and France


Exhibition on Art Deco (1919-1940) in Paris. Photo: Palais de Chaillot

The exhibition has been set up as a suite of sequences on themes striving to illustrate what lies behind Art Déco’s international success and its influence in various forms of artistic expression. With its sleek, powerful geometric lines, Art Déco style (1919-1940) stands out thanks to its lively appeal. Born of the impetus driving French artists such as architects Henri Sauvage, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Roger-Henri Expert and Pierre Patout, designers André Véra, Louis Süe, André Mare and Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, fashion designers Paul Poiret and Jean Patou and sculptors Martel, Janniot and Sarrabezolles, it is the product of a vision shared by various artistic spheres.
It starts with a comparative study of differences and points in common with Art Nouveau using plans, mock-ups and photographs of Henri Sauvage’s Villa Majorelle in Nancy and Robert Mallet-Stevens’ Villa Cavrois. The exhibition then presents major French designers whose 1910–1919 output already bore distinctive Art Déco features: architects

Henri Sauvage and Auguste Perret, designer André Véra, fashion designer Paul Poiret and interior designer Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann. Next comes a large sequence devoted to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs and Industriels Modernes, the name of which led to the coining of the term «Art Déco». The last major section focusses on the global resonance of this aesthetic movement. Further to the huge success of the 1925 Paris exhibition, French architects, artists and designers were invited to demonstrate their talents in major cities all over the world.

The Pope in Frankfurt


Raffael (1483-1520), Julius II, c. 1511/13. Photo: The Städel Museum Frankfurt

The Städel Museum is showing the portrait of Pope Julius II that recently came to the attention of the public. Also on view are the two versions of the painting by Raphael and Titian from the Uffizi and the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. By moreover encompassing technological documents such as x-ray and infrared images of the painting, the exhibition will provide detailed insights not only into the artistic genesis of the Frankfurt painting, but also into its relationship to the other versions of the Julius portrait and the related attribution issue.