German Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350-1600 Maryan W. Ainsworth, Joshua P. Waterman, Timothy B. Husband, Karen Elaine Thomas, Dorothy Mahon, Charlotte Hale, George Bisacca, Peter Klein

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
04 Jun 2013
Yale University Press
384 pages: 279 x 229 x 43mm
300 colour images + 40 black-&-white illustrations

Paintings by Renaissance masters Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Durer, 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 Durer and the double-sided altarpiece The Dormition of the Virgin by Hans Schaufelein-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