By Howard Simon
Starting with 16th-century woodcuts by way of Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein, the chronological presentation good points works via Goya, Hogarth, Blake, Morris, Doré, Toulouse-Lautrec, Beardsley, and different masters. a quick textual content introduces every one part, and the amount concludes with a world roster of contemporary artists, labeled by way of kingdom. All that's top and notable within the box of representation seems right here, during this gigantic publication of sketches, engravings, woodcuts, and lithography.
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Eustachius Kneeling before a Stag”. This cut is widely known and loved, particularly for the beauty of the dogs, which are represented in various attitudes. Dürer lived in a frugal manner, without the least ostentation despite the honors heaped upon him. He applied himself to his profession with the most constant and untiring industry, which, together with his great knowledge, great facility of mechanical execution enabled him to rise to high distinction, and to exert a powerful influence on the character of German art for a great length of time.
After three years Holbein returned to Basle. A cold reception by his wife convinced him that England would be a more pleasant permanent home. He made provision for his family—he never failed to look after his children—and returned to Henry’s court. Thereafter Holbein’s life was chiefly devoted to portrait painting. Holbein’s prestige was so great that when a nobleman complained to Henry the Eighth of an assault provoked by the artist, the King replied, “Out of seven ploughmen I can make seven lords, but of seven lords I cannot make one Holbein”.
He gave us the London of his day, teeming with poor, and filled with purveyors of every sort of vice. London formed the background for his stirring sermons in pictorial form. He knew the great city well. Cheapside, Charing Cross, Bridewell, Fleet Street Prison, all were familiar to him and became part of the moving pageantry he set down. There were indications in his early work that he had studied the great French satirist and etcher Jacques Callot. In Hogarth’s crowded plates there is the same preoccupation with little figures, each carefully individualized, carrying on the business of life.
500 years of illustration : from Albrecht Dürer to Rockwell Kent by Howard Simon