Published: February 25, 2015
AACHEN, Hans von, painting, art
Self-Portrait with a Glass of Wine
Oil on canvas, 53 x 44 cm
Hans von Aachen (1552, Cologne – 4 March, 1615, Prague), a German painter and draftsman. He was born in Cologne (despite the last name, which is derived from his father's birthplace). He studied painting in Cologne, in a little-known studio currently Flemish painter Jerrigh. In 1574, Hans von Aachen, travelled to Italy, where he continued studying fine arts in Florence and Rome, and probably also in Venice. Works by Tintoretto and Caravaggio have a great influence on the further creative work of Aachen and formation of his mannerist style. Aachen Hans as a painter, actively worked in the Netherlands. In 1588, Hans von Aachen returned to Germany and gained recognition as an artist and a master of subtle psychological portrait in aristocratic families in Cologne, ducal court in Munich and noble family Fugger in Augsburg. In 1592, Hans von Aachen made an official portrait of Emperor Rudolf II, after which he invited to the post of court artist of Emperor in Prague. In addition to serving to the Emperor in the field of fine arts, Hans von Aachen worked for Habsburg family as a diplomat and art appraiser. He traveled a great widely over Europe with a diplomatic mission, but also with a view to acquiring paintings for the magnificent art collection of Rudolf II.
In 1596, Hans von Aachen got married to a daughter of the famous composer Orlando di Lasso. In 1601, Hans von Aachen finally moved to Prague and stayed there until his death. After the death of Rudolf (1612), Hans von Aachen worked a short time as court painter of the Emperor Matthias. Paintings of Von Aachen, depicting the graceful, elongated figures (as well as pictures of his colleague Bartholomeus Spranger), are examples of complex art Mannerism, that was then the leading style in the art of Northern Europe. Hans von Aachen made an allegorical, mythological religious paintings, and portraits. The best work of the artist considers painting “Allegory or The Triumph of Justice” (1598, Pinakothek, Munich), performed in the difficult technique of painting on copper.
“Bacchus, Ceres and Cupid” (1610, the Museum of the history of art, Vienna) is also one of the most famous works by the artist. The style of Aachen unites idealization usual for Roman and Florentine schools of the Late Renaissance and mannerist period, with brilliant colors of Venetian and Dutch realism. Hans von Aachen, as a painter, was particularly skilled in the depiction of playful erotic nudes (“Allegory or The Triumph of Justice”, 1598, Alte Pinakothek, Munich; “Athena, Venus and Juno”, 1593, the Museum of fine arts, Boston, etc.). Engravings, based on his works, led to widespread of his style in artistic circles of Central Europe. The painter Hans von Aachen is rightfully considered one of the most important German artists of his time.
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