German Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350-1600 Maryan Wynn Ainsworth, Joshua Waterman, Timothy B. Husband

Publication date:
18 Jun 2013
Metropolitan Museum of Art
384 pages: 292 x 235mm
300 color + 40 b-w illus.

Paintings by Renaissance masters Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Dürer, and Hans Holbein the Younger are among the works featured in this lavish volume, the first to comprehensively study the largest collection of early German paintings in America. These works, created in the 14th through 16th centuries in the region that comprises present-day Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, include religious images—such as Virgin and Child with Saint Anne by Dürer and the double-sided altarpiece The Dormition of the Virgin by Hans Schäufelein—as well as remarkable portraits by Holbein and the iconic Judgment of Paris by Cranach. In all, more than 70 works are thoroughly discussed and analyzed, making this volume an incomparable resource for the study of this rich artistic period.

Maryan W. Ainsworth is curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Joshua P. Waterman is an independent scholar.


"The Met holds the largest collection of early German paintings in the US. More than 70 of these – including iconic works by Holbein and Cranach – are analysed in detail in this beautifully illustrated volume. New research sheds light not only on devotional paintings but also on those secular genres, including portraiture, that emerged in the age of humanism." Apollo Magazine,  July 1st 2013