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The World Of Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann In 16th Century

Hans Hoffmann was a 16th-century German painter and draftsman. He was an artist on the Rudolph II‘s court (the one who loved arts and was probably mad) and a leading representative of the Dürer Renaissance, specialised in watercolor and gouache nature studies, many of them copied from or based on Dürer’s work.

Hans Hoffmann, A Hare in the Forest, about 1585, J. Paul Getty Museum

Hans Hoffmann, A Hare in the Forest, about 1585, J. Paul Getty Museum

Well, we know this hare from somewhere, don’t we?

Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502, Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502, Albertina, Vienna


Hoffmann’s imitations were so admired that a biographer described him as “a diligent painter . . . who copied Albrecht Dürer so assiduously that many of his works were sold as Dürer originals.”

Hans Hoffmann, Wing of a Roller, 1513, Staatsbibliothek, Bamberg, a copy after Albrech Durer

Hans Hoffmann, Wing of a Roller, 1513, Staatsbibliothek, Bamberg, a copy after Albrecht Durer Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Albrecht Durer, Wing of a Roller, 1512, Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Durer, Wing of a Roller, 1512, Albertina, Vienna

In 1585 he was appointed as a court painter by Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, who brought him to the imperial court in Prague. At the imperial court, Hoffmann advised Rudolph on the development of his art collection and acquired for him works by Dürer to his famous Kunstkammer. But Hans Hoffmann, besides copying perfectly Durer, was also a talented artist who created his own masterpieces. Especially those presenting animals. We have collected some of them in this article:

Red Squirrel (1528), watercolor on parchment, 32.5 x 25.6 cm. National Gallery of Art Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hofmann, Red Squirrel, 1528, National Gallery of Art


The art collection assembled by the Nuremberg citizen Paulus Praun (de) contained more than 100 works by Hans Hoffmann. Because the collection was intact until the beginning of the 19th century, many of these works are documented.

 

Hans Hoffmann, Wild Boar Painting, 1578 Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann, Wild Boar Painting, 1578


While Hoffmann was also active as a painter of portraits and religious subjects, he is best remembered for his highly finished drawings after nature. It’s very important because artists of that time rarely painted after nature.

Hans Hofmann, The Hedgehog, Metropolitan Museum of Art Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hofmann, The Hedgehog, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Hans Hoffmann, Crouching Cat, 16th century,Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann, Crouching Cat, 16th century, private collection

Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher, 1580 Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann

Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher, 1580, Kasper Collection

If you enjoyed this article, you must see this one: “7 Images Of Dürer’s Animals That Are Better Than A Trip To The Zoo“.


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