Lucas van Leyden gets an oeuvre-spanning exhibit at the Pinakothek der Moderne

The Dutch engraver who influenced Rembrandt shines in Munich

Lucas van Leyden’s engraving Large Ecco Homo (1510) (© Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München)

Eighty works from the collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich come together in the exhibition Lucas van Leyden: Master of Printmaking (29 June-24 September). The show spans the Leiden-born Renaissance artist’s entire oeuvre, from his earliest period around 1506 to his last known engraving from around 1530. The show aims to “recreate his development as an engraver, and also focuses on his narrative talent”, says the curator, Susanne Wagini. One work, Large Ecce Homo (1510), reveals him as a “gifted narrator"—and also as an influential force. The work is said to have inspired his fellow Dutch artist Rembrandt, who was born in Leiden 150 years later, to recreate the scene in an etching of his own.