Cranach

Cranach

Cranach

Cranach

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It is to the generation born about 1470 that the visual arts in Germany owe such a wealth of creative talent -- artists who, regarded as a whole, combine bold innovation with the simultaneous awareness that they have attained the peak, and thus temporarily the end, of their development. In this the German masters corresponded exactly with the Italians, whose general stylistic development had, however, progressed further: Florentine, Lombard or Venetian contemporaries of Cranach like Mariotto Albertinelli, Fra Bartolommeo, Bernardino Luini, Sodoma, Giorgione, Dosso Dossi, but particularly Michelangelo and Titian (assuming he really was born only five years after Cranach) stand in an exactly similar relation to the artists of the preceding generation. One thing is clear: the level of attainment reached by the Germans was precisely that reached by Mantegna, Bellini, Pollaiuolo, at most Signorelli and Botticelli -- a level of art which already belonged to Italy's past. Though it is certain that the masters of the North exerted a considerable influence on the younger Italian mannerists they never attained the classic maturity of Giorgione or Titian.

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