This display is the first Confrontation, a new series bringing together old masters and modern art from the National Galleries of Scotland.
Lucas Cranach, a highly prolific court painter and contemporary of the great Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer, and Otto Dix, a twentieth-century German artist of the ‘Neue Sachlichkeit' (‘New Objectivity'), make a fitting juxtaposition. Their paintings even depict the same subject, a female nude.
Dix was greatly inspired by German old masters and imitated their painting technique. Confronting the two masterpieces presents an exciting opportunity to compare artworks separated by more than four hundred years and to discover striking similarities and transformations.
Image: Venus and Cupid − Lucas Cranach, National Galleries of Scotland
Opening 9th april
National Gallery Complex
The Mound +44, Edinburgh
Opening Hours: Open daily, 10am-5pm
Late night opening every Thursday until 7pm