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Engravings and Woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer

November 23 through January 15, 2012

Durer_St.JeromeAlbrecht Dürer’s engravings and woodcuts are landmarks in the history of art. While his painted altarpieces and portraits brought him acclaim, it was primarily through his more lucrative work in engraving and woodcut that his influence became widespread in Europe. He mastered these media as no artist had done previously, eliciting remarkable naturalism and fine modulations of tone that had previously been possible only in painting. He transformed a crude woodcut medium into a nuanced art form that conveys emotional intensity and formal depth. As an engraver, he followed in the footsteps of northern artists such as Martin Schongauer and The Housebook Master, but he was equally influenced by Italian masters such as Andrea Mantegna. Albrecht Dürer is remembered today not only as the most important artist of sixteenth-century Germany, but as a true Renaissance man who furthered the cause of art for centuries to come.

 

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Catalogue

Faith and Humanism: Engravings and Woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer

Publication Date: September 14, 2002
119 pages
$22 plus tax
This catalogue presents forty significant examples of Dürer’s print oeuvre. Faith and Humanism includes a foreword by Mark M. Johnson, Director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and catalogue entries by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld and Gregory Jecmen. An essay by Dürer scholar Barbara Butts considers the wider range of the artist’s career, with a special emphasis on the spiritual issues that informed his character and his culture.

 

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471-1528), St. Jerome in His Cell, 1511 (detail), woodcut on laid paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Jean K. Weil in memory of Adolph "Bucks" Weil, Jr., 1999.7.30