Venus after the bath., result 1 of 1
Albrecht Altdorfer (c. 1480-1538), was a German painter, engraver and architect of the Renaissance working in Regensburg. Along with Lucas Cranach the Elder and Wolf Huber, he is regarded as the main representative of the so-called Danube School, setting biblical and historical subjects against landscape backgrounds of expressive colours. As an artist also making small, intricate engravings, as here, he is seen to belong to the Nuremberg Little Masters.
This design originated with Raphael, then spread north through an engraving by the Italian printmaker Marcantonio Raimondi. Altdorfer added his own twist, switching the emphasis from classical beauty to action. While the Italian Venus dried her foot in self-absorbed reverie, this sharp-featured version resembles a harried German hausfrau, impatient to finish her bath so she can respond to the yammering Cupid.
Dr Mark Stocker, Curator Historical International Art January 2017
Now viewing Venus after the bath.