(German, c. 1480–1538)
John L. Severance Fund 1953.627
Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 91; Bartsch VIII.68.74
Albrecht Altdorfer's Landscape with Two Pines is from a series of nine etchings produced between 1515 and 1523. While landscape is the sole subject, they do not represent real scenes, but are fantastic in scale and proportion, with relative tree heights approaching 70 feet. Altdorfer lived and worked in Regensburg, a town along the Danube in southern Germany. He was a leader of the so-called "Danube School," a group of German artists characterized by their love of landscape and their ornate linear style. He, and later artists such as Augustin Hirschvogel and Hanns Lautensack produced a significant number of etched landscapes, which are thought to have been made for a small but emerging collector's market in 16th-century Europe.
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