Danube School

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Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480—1538) German painter and engraver

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Term applied to a number of German and Austrian artists working in the early 16th century who were among the pioneers in depicting landscape (particularly the forests and hills of the Danube Valley) for its own sake (in drawings and prints as well as paintings). Altdorfer, Cranach (in his earlier work), and Huber are the most important artists covered by the term. They worked independently of one another, so ‘Danube School’ (Ger. Donauschule) is a term of convenience rather than an indication of any group affiliation.

Subjects: Renaissance Art.

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