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Die Klage des Künstlers: Krise und Umbruch von der Reformation bis um 1800

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Artists' complaints in Early Modern Germany are invaluable sources for understanding some of the challenges that artists encountered at that time. The plea of the Basel's painters' guild to the city council in 1526 illustrates the debilitating effects that early church reforms had on artists. Several painters had already moved out of the city an more would certainly follow if circumstances did not improve. One a slightly different note, Albrecht Durer, in his correspondence with his patron, Jakob Heller, about an altarpiece commission, made it clear that he was not being satisfactorily compensated for the amount of work required by the project.


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