historia, narratio, exemplum
Jörg Breu d. Ä. und die Historienbilder für das Herzoghaus München
The Augsburg artist Jörg Breu the Elder (1475/80 - 1540) worked for numerous high-ranking clients, such as Maximilian I, the Fugger or the Ducal House Munich, from which one of his most prestigious commission went out: For the so-called history paintings he created the history of Lucretia and the Battle of Zama.
Based on these panels, the study focuses on the narrative strategy and the image theorem of Breu in the context of his œuvre, the commission, contemporaries such as Hans Burgkmair or Albrecht Altdorfer, and his relationship with the Munich court. For the first time, Breus' pictorial inventions are analyzed in order to make a hitherto neglected painter of the German Renaissance more tangible.
Melanie Kraft, formerly a doctoral student at the University of Heidelberg, was a scholarship holder of the Gerda Henkel Foundation and a research associate at the University of Regensburg with research interests in German painting of the 16th century, arthistorical narrative research and residence culture research. She is currently working in the free economy.