Nude Woman Picking Fleas off a Dog1510 by Lucas Van Leyden

Lucas is famous for his subtle shades of grey, which he used to create the impression of spatial depth and atmospheric mood. Not least, it was Lucas’ narrative talent that captivated the public. He often transferred the main event of his theatrical compositions to the background and emphasized the moment shortly before or after in the foreground as the focus of his narrative. He furthermore added an abundance of details. Giorgio Vasari and Karel van Mander, in some of the earliest art-historical writings, praised the rich variations in the faces he portrayed as well as his variety of garments and headwear.

A close study of Lucas’ engravings opens up a world of its own, one that holds many surprises – also of an amusing manner. Even today, Lucas’ idiosyncratic subjects and imaginative narratives continue to enchant the viewer.
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