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Martin Schongauer1445 — 1491

Titan of Printmaking

Head of a Yound Woman, 1867

Titan of Printmaking

Schongauer is considered one of the finest early european printmakers. Innovative and unique he invented new burin techniques that engraved copper deeper as well as new cross hatching marks that are still used today, check out George Washington on the dollar bill. His etchings take on a surrealist look, 500 years before surrealism was a thing. Known mostly for his printmaking prowess there are a few surviving paintings. There is an art hisory myth that Albrecht Durer travelled to study printmaking and engraving with Martin Schongauer. When Durer arrived, Martin had died. Both their fathers were gold smiths and Schongauer was the best printmaker in the Holy Roman Empire, maybe Durer thougth they we hit it off.  The question begs, would Durer have created such a seminal way of working in printmaking if he would of studied with Martin. Remeber, this is a myth albiet a fun one. 

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Wild Man Holding a Shield with a Hare and a Shield with a Moor's Head

Wild Man Holding a Shield with a Hare and a Shield with a Moor's Head

1450
Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

Saint Anthony Tormented by Demons

1475
Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross

1475
Portrait of a Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman

1480
The Holy Family

The Holy Family

1485
The Lion of Saint Mark

The Lion of Saint Mark

1490
A Foolish Virgin in Half-Figure

A Foolish Virgin in Half-Figure

1491
Griffin

Griffin

1491
Ornament with Owl Mocked by Day Birds

Ornament with Owl Mocked by Day Birds

1491
The Censer

The Censer

1492
1401
A mathematician gets fierce with perspective
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The detailed worlds of the forgotten High Gothic
Carlo Crivelli
Martin Schongauer
A fulcrum between old and new
Sandro Botticelli
Welcome to Hell
Hieronymus Bosch
1500

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