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

Zuzanna Stańska 20 January 2018 min Read

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. [caption id="attachment_8385" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption] Well, we know this hare from somewhere, don't we? [caption id="attachment_915" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502, Albertina, Vienna Albrecht Dürer, Hare, 1502, Albertina, Vienna[/caption] 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." [caption id="attachment_8389" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8394" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Albrecht Durer, Wing of a Roller, 1512, Albertina, Vienna Albrecht Durer, Wing of a Roller, 1512, Albertina, Vienna[/caption] 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: [caption id="attachment_8386" align="aligncenter" width="620"]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[/caption] 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.   [caption id="attachment_8387" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Hans Hoffmann, Wild Boar Painting, 1578 Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann Hans Hoffmann, Wild Boar Painting, 1578[/caption] 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. [caption id="attachment_8388" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Hans Hofmann, The Hedgehog, Metropolitan Museum of Art Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann Hans Hofmann, The Hedgehog, Metropolitan Museum of Art[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8390" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Hans Hoffmann, Crouching Cat, 16th century,Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann Hans Hoffmann, Crouching Cat, 16th century, private collection[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8391" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher, 1580 Animals Created By Hans Hoffmann Hans Hoffmann, An Affenpinscher, 1580, Kasper Collection[/caption] 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".