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John Oliver Hand with the assistance of Sally E. Mansfield
This volume—the fifth in a series of systematic catalogs—documents the collection of early German paintings in the National Gallery of Art, which includes outstanding works by such masters as Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, and Hans Holbein the Younger, as well as the only painting by Matthias Grünewald in the United States. Following an introduction to the collection, entries on the paintings are arranged alphabetically by artist, with a biography and bibliography for each; individual entries provide full and up-to-date scholarly and technical information. Questions of attribution, iconography, social and religious function, and historical context are also discussed; where relevant, comparative examples, reconstructions of altarpieces, x-radiographs, and infrared reflectogram assemblies are supplied. This catalog also contains the results of dendrochronological examinations of the panel paintings.