Painting: Byron of the Baroque

The overwhelming impression conveyed by the great baroque masters of the 17th century, from Caravaggio to Rubens, is their delight in optical illusions, soaring space, voluptuous forms and twisting asymmetrical line. Johann Heinrich Schönfeld, a long-forgotten 17th century artist who achieved his first one-man show in 300 years in West Germany this fall, shared his century's delight in asymmetry and illusion, but drew the line when it came to voluptuousness. In the 89 canvases and 107 graphics assembled at Ulm's prestigious city museum, Schönfeld displays himself as a moody, broody, in...

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