Albrecht Dürer and His Legacy by Giulia Bartrum
The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist

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Albrecht Dürer is the most significant and admired artist of the northern Renaissance. Tracing his work and influence from his earliest career to his powerful posthumous role within German culture, this richly illustrated book surveys all of the artist's best-known prints as well as numerous drawings and watercolors.

The catalogue of a greatly anticipated exhibition of Dürer's work in England--including loans of many precious works rarely seen by the public--the volume features 85 color and 267 black-and-white illustrations. It follows Dürer's career from his first work in the medieval tradition of Martin Schongauer, through his Italian education in the classical tradition, to his sophisticated development of the woodcut and engraving techniques that changed the history of printmaking. The book examines Dürer's long-lived influence, from the obsession of artists and collectors with his work during the late sixteenth century to the iconic status he acquired amid the rise of German nationalism in the nineteenth. It considers how the popularity of his images migrated into a range of materials as diverse as porcelain and banknotes. This assessment of his art and legacy concludes with a contemplation of Dürers famous print, Melancholia, written by the Nobel Prize-winning German novelist Günter Grass, himself a printmaker.

Offering a much-needed fresh look at the work of a major Renaissance artist, this handsome book is certain to deepen the broad international appreciation that Dürer's work already enjoys.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The British Museum
December 5, 2002 - March 23, 2003

 

About Giulia Bartrum

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Giulia Bartrum is an Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at The British Museum. Her publications include "German Renaissance Prints 1490-1550." Gü nter Grass is the author of "The Tin Drum" and dozens of books of fiction, poetry, and criticism. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Joseph Leo Koerner, Professor of Art History at the University College London, is the winner of the 1992 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art and the author of "The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art." Ute Kuhlemann is a doctoral candidate at the University College London. Born on October 16, 1927 in Gdansk, Poland, Günter Wilhelm Grass was a member of the Hitler Youth in the 1930s. At the age of 16, he was drafted into the German military, was wounded, and became a prisoner of war in 1945. His first novel, The Tin Drum (1959), selected by the French as the best foreign language book of 1962, is the story of Oscar Matzerath, a boy who refuses to grow up as a protest to the cruelty of German society during the war. It is the first part of his Danzig trilogy, followed by Cat and Mouse (1961) and Dog Years (1963), and was made into a movie by director Volker Schlondorff, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1979. His other works include Local Anaesthetic, The Flounder, Crabwalk, and Peeling the Onion. He has been honored many times, including a distinguished service medal from the Federal Republic of Germany in 1980 which he refused to accept. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. Professor of Art History at the University College London, is the winner of the 1992 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art and the author of The Moment of Self-Portaiture in German Renaissance Art. Ute Kuhlemann is a doctoral candidate at the University College London.
 
Published December 1, 2002 by British Museum Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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When Renaissance humanists in the north set out to elevate Germany's reputation in eyes of the cultured world (Germans had long been consideredsavage drunkards...responsible for the destruction of a

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When Renaissance humanists in the north set out to elevate Germany's reputation in eyes of the cultured world (Germans had long been considered""savage drunkards...responsible for the destruction of ancient Rome""), Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) seemed to be""a natural candidate to represent the vis...

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