In conversation with WELTKUNST editor-in-chief Lisa Zeitz and senior editor Sebastian Preuss, the curators of the exhibition discuss the major themes and most outstanding works of the transitional phase between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. A podcast by WELTKUNST and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
#1 End and Beginning
The late Gothic era and modernity: one age draws to a close and a new one begins. Julien Chapuis, Provisional Director of the Gemäldegalerie and Skulpturensammlung, speaks with Sebastian Preuss about tradition and upheaval, the influence of Flemish painting, and about why he finds a depiction of the Annunciation by Tilman Riemenschneider so personally moving.
#2 Stylisation and Individuality
Can a painting be tender and brutal at the same time? Why was it so revolutionary when human figures suddenly started casting shadows? And what did the pin-ups of the 15th century look like? Stefan Kemperdick, a curator at the Gemäldegalerie, speaks with Lisa Zeitz about late Gothic ideals of beauty, a new corporeality in art, and the elongated finger of the Archangel Gabriel.
#3 Old and New Media
The 15th century was a century of revolutions in media. Ground-breaking inventions led to the evolution of new means of distributing media and new visual languages. Michael Roth, Deputy Director of the Kupferstichkabinett, speaks with Sebastian Preuss about some of the superstars of printmaking, the technical qualities of woodcuts and copperplate engraving, and about the Gutenberg Bible as a marketing coup.
#4 Religious and Profane Art
Where did the kings go shopping? Is everything that glitters gold? And how much of the artistic production of the 15th century has even been preserved? Lothar Lambacher, Deputy Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum, speaks with Lisa Zeitz about ecclesiastical and secular art in the 15th century and the secrets of goldsmiths.