Hans Baldung, eventually known as Hans Baldung Grien, is one of a small group of German Renaissance artists to establish himself as a master of international repute, along with Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553), Albrecht Altdorfer (1480–1538) and Mattias Grünewald (1470–1528). Trained in Strasbourg, Baldung entered the workshop of Dürer around 1503 and most likely took charge of the Nuremberg studio during Dürer’s second sojourn in Italy between 1505-07. The two artists remained close collaborators and friends until Dürer’s death, after which he left Baldung a lock of hair as a gift. After working on a major commission in Freiburg im Breisgau between 1512-17, Baldung settled back in Strasbourg where he remained until his death, taking commissions from both Catholic and Protestant patrons as the Reformation erupted.
Books on Hans Baldung Grien
Holger Jacob-Friesen, ed., Hans Baldung Grien – heilig | unheilig, exh. cat., Berlin, 2019.
Julia Carrasco, Der Sündenfall im Werk von Hans Baldung Grien : Ikonographie und Kontext, Petersburg, 2019.
Joseph Leo Koerner, The moment of self-portraiture in German renaissance art, Chicago, 1993.
Gert von der Osten, Hans Baldung Grien, Gemälde und Dokumente, Berlin, 1983.
Karel van Mander, The Lives of the Illustrious Netherlandish and German Painters, 1603/4, trans. Hessel Miedema, Doornspijk, 1994.