Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina

Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina

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Written by Andrew Robison, Klaus Albrecht Schröder

An impressive array of the finest works by Albrecht Dürer, the master of the Northern European Renaissance, is collected in this magnificent book. Vienna's Albertina Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Albrecht Dürer. Dürer's genius for drawing and painting rivaled ...

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An impressive array of the finest works by Albrecht Dürer, the master of the Northern European Renaissance, is collected in this magnificent book. Vienna's Albertina Museum is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by Albrecht Dürer. Dürer's genius for drawing and painting rivaled that of his Italian contemporaries, and his exquisitely detailed and delicately colored watercolors and prints elevated these to new levels of accomplishment. This book includes many of Dürer's most renowned masterpieces: his watercolors The Great Piece of Turf, A Blue Roller, and Left Wing of a Blue Roller; his chiaroscuro drawings Praying Hands and An Elderly Man of 93 Years; and his precocious silverpoint Self-Portrait at 13, along with numerous other works from the Albertina's collection. Beautifully reproduced, these images convey Dürer's fascination with the world around him and his extraordinary ability to bring that world to life.

Albrecht Dürer grew up in an environment of late Gothic courtly grace and religious intensity, yet his world was transformed by new influences in politics, economics and trade, scholarship and culture. He created paintings as well as designs for decorative arts, and he wrote theoretical treatises on fortification, human proportion, and perspective, but his greatest and most influential works are his drawings, watercolors, engravings, and woodcuts.

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