The Asam Brothers' The Assumption by Mary Elizabeth Podles

A Thousand Words

The Asam Brothers' The Assumption

Mary Elizabeth Podles

"Museums," muses the art historian Germaine Bazin, "have distorted most people's view of painting—we tend to base our appreciation only on what we see there." The common perception, then, that eighteenth-century German painting is an inferior product is held among many writers because, as Bazin goes on to say, "they have forgotten to look up, and to absorb the forms and colours displayed on the church ceilings." Today l . . .