Between the Medieval and The Modern

January 4, 2011

Appreciating Albrecht Dürer

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For many many years now whenever I see a nice coffee table Art or Art History book on the remainder shelf of a bookstore, I’ve taken it home with me. When I my interest was mainly Elizabethan England, I collected quite a few Hans Holbein books. Now that my focus has shifted from England to Bavaria, I’ve been collecting Albrecht Dürer.

Last year the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston had a small exhibit of images by Albrecht Dürer. I went to see them with a friend in March, and then went back for a quick second solo visit in June, just before the exhibit closed. The MFA exhibit focused on is woodcuts, drawings, and etchings, but Durer also worked in watercolor and oils.  He was recognized as a master when he was still in his twenties.   He became so famous that people would add his famous monogram (his initials) to woodcuts by other artists in order to increase sales.

Hans Sebald Beham woodcut
with AD monogram
Circa 1520

After the visit in March I found a collection of Dürer’s woodcuts on DVD. When the disc arrived (more…)


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