Baldung, Hans

Baldung or Baldung-Grien, Hans hns bldo?ong, ?gr?n [key], c.1484?1545, German painter and printmaker, active mainly at Strasbourg. He was surnamed Grien or Grn because of his fondness for the color green. Although he probably studied with Drer, he evolved a personal style revealing his interest in brilliant color, effects of light, and expressively contorted forms. He is best known as a painter of such disturbing subjects as Death and the Maiden (Basel) and for drawings and prints of witches and allegorical or mythological scenes. The high altar of the cathedral at Freiburg in Breisgau, with depictions of the Coronation of the Virgin, the Crucifixion, and other subjects (c.1515) is his most famous work. Baldung was also esteemed as a portrait painter and designer for stained glass.

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