Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Durer and Holbein


Painting on Light: Drawings and Stained Glass in the Age of Durer and Holbein

Barbara Butts and Lee Hendrix, with the assistance of Scott C. Wolf


328 pages

PDF file size: 55.7 MB


The names Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein the Younger evoke the dazzling accomplishments of Renaissance panel painting and printmaking, but they may not summon images of stained glass. Nevertheless, Dürer, Holbein, and their southern German and Swiss contemporaries designed some of the most splendid works in the history of the medium. This lavish volume is a comprehensive survey of the contribution to stained glass made by these extraordinarily gifted draftsmen and the equally talented painters who rendered their compositions in glass.

Included are discussions of both monumental church windows and smaller-scale stained-glass panels made for cloisters, civic buildings, residences, and private chapels. The subjects of these rarely seen drawings and panels range from religious topics to secular themes, including love, planets, hunts, and battles.

Focusing on stained glass produced in Germany and Switzerland from about 1495 to 1530, Painting on Light includes drawings by Dürer, Holbein, Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Baldung Grien, Jörg Breu the Elder, Hans Burgkmair, Urs Graf, Hans von Kulmbach, Hans Leu the Younger, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, Hans Schäufelein, Hans Weiditz, and others. This informative book is published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Getty Museum from July 11 through September 24, 2000, and from November 7, 2000, to January 4, 2001, at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Lenders to the Exhibition
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Drawn on Paper – Painted on Glass
    Barbara Butts and Lee Hendrix
  • Monumental Stained Glass in Southern Germany in the Age of Dürer
    Hartmut Scholz
  • In Honor of Friendship: Function, Meaning, and Iconography in Civic Stained-Glass Donations in Switzerland and Southern Germany
    Barbara Giesicke and Mylène Ruoss
  • On the Artistic Technique of Glass Painting in the Age of Dürer and Holbein and Its Conservation Problems
    Peter van Treeck
  • Precursors
    • The Master of the Housebook
    • Peter Hemmel von Andlau and the Strasbourg Workshop-Cooperative
    • The Master of the Coburg Roundels
    • Michael Wolgemut
  • Nuremberg
    • Albrecht Dürer
    • Hans Baldung Grien
    • Hans Leu the Younger
    • Hans von Kulmbach
    • Sebald Beham
    • Georg Pencz
  • Augsburg
    • Hans Holbein the Elder
    • Hans Schäufelein
    • Hans Burgkmair
    • Jörg Breu the Elder
  • Strasbourg and Freiburg
    • Hans Baldung Grien
    • Hans Weiditz
  • Regensburg
    • Albrecht Altdorfer
  • Bern
    • Hans Funk
    • Niklaus Manuel Deutsch
  • Zurich
    • Hans Leu the Younger
  • Basel
    • Urs Graf
    • Antoni Glaser
    • Hans Holbein the Younger
  • List of References
  • Index

About the Authors

Barbara Butts is former curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Lee Hendrix is curator of drawings at the Getty Museum.

Press Reviews and Awards

  • “A feast for the eyes as well as the intellect. This all-the-frills book is one to savor and save. Long after the exhibition is dismantled, you'll be revisiting, appreciating, studying and absorbing.” —Stained Glass
  • “Stained glass is somewhat ephemeral owing to its very nature, [so] this attempt to catalog the contributions of artists who have worked in this medium is therefore all the more worthwhile.” —Library Journal
  • “Packed with drawings and color examples ... in a unique, appealing presentation.” —Midwest Book Review
  • “A sure bet to achieve classic status.” —Nicholas A. Basbanes, syndicated columnist
  • “Butts and Hendrix chart a brilliant efflorescence in stained glass design and manufacture.” —CAA Reviews
  • “This breathtaking book is an essential addition to the art lover's library.” —Adventures