Albrecht Dürer

Until 6 January 2020

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Spectacular Presentation of a Renaissance Genius

It has been decades since so many works by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) have been seen in one place: thanks to valuable international loans, Vienna’s ALBERTINA Museum – itself home to numerous world-famous icons of drawing by Dürer including the Hare, Praying Hands, and Large Piece of Turf – will be presenting over 200 examples of Dürer’s drawings, printed graphics, and paintings in autumn 2019. Upon its reopening in 2003, it was with an exhibition of works by Albrecht Dürer that the ALBERTINA Museum ended up welcoming a total of half a million visitors. And now, a selection of over 100 drawings, a dozen paintings, personal writings, and other rare documents will present the oeuvre of this Renaissance genius more comprehensively than ever before.

The Historical Collection of the ALBERTINA Museum

The ALBERTINA Museum holds the world’s most important collection of Albrecht Dürer’s drawings, a collection that numbers nearly 140 works. The historical background of the museum’s Dürer holdings is likewise a matter of special significance: their provenance can be traced back to 1528 without any gaps, with this group of works from the artist’s workshop having thus been together for nearly 500 years. The museum’s holdings hence also offer a uniquely ideal starting point from which to learn about Dürer’s personal, early-humanist concept of art.

International Loan Works Brought Together

For this once-in-a-century exhibition, the ALBERTINA Museum has succeeded in uniting important works from international lenders: the Adoration of the Magi from the Uffizi, the unsettling and unsparing self-portrait of a naked Albrecht Dürer from Weimar, Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Christ among the Doctors from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, and what is possibly Dürer’s most handsome male portrait from the neighboring Museo del Prado. Furthermore, the ALBERTINA Museum is also presenting the late paintings from the artist’s final journey to the Netherlands with all of the studies on which they are known to be based.

Art-Historical Sensations

In recent years, curator and Dürer specialist Christof Metzger has been reevaluating the ALBERTINA Museum’s Dürer holdings, which embody the world’s most important collections of both his drawings and his watercolors. The most surprising outcomes of this work are his assessments regarding the artist’s great nature studies from the initial years of the 16th century—such as the Hare and the Large Piece of Turf —and his studies with strong light/dark contrasts on colored paper such as the famous Praying Hands, all of which probe the limits of what can be accomplished with pen and brush. These are demonstration pieces that proved Dürer’s consummate drawing and painting abilities to anyone who visited the master’s workshop. As such, they are not preliminary studies but autonomous visual tours de force that demonstrate Dürer’s stupendous abilities as well as the intellectual depth with which he conceived of nature.

On view from 20 September 2019 until 6 January 2020.

Image Gallery – 20 Images
In the exhibition | Photos © Georg Molterer – 6 Images
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Video: About the exhibition | Albrecht Dürer
Audio Example of Albrecht Dürer | Photo © Marko Mestrovic
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Audio: Audio Example of Albrecht Dürer | Photo © Marko Mestrovic
Albrecht Dürer | Wing of a Blue Roller, c. 1500 | © The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Albrecht Dürer | Wing of a Blue Roller, c. 1500 | © The Albertina Museum, Vienna
Albrecht Dürer | Anbetung der Könige, 1504 | Florenz, Gallerie degli Uffizi © Gabinetto Fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi
Albrecht Dürer | Anbetung der Könige, 1504 | Florenz, Gallerie degli Uffizi © Gabinetto Fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi

 

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Publication | Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer

In recent years, curator and Dürer specialist Christof Metzger has been reevaluating the ALBERTINA Museum’s Dürer holdings, which embody the world’s most important collections of both his drawings and his watercolors. The most surprising outcomes of this work are his assessments regarding the artist’s great nature studies from the initial years of the 16th century—such as the Hare and the Large Piece of Turf —and his studies with strong light/dark contrasts on colored paper such as the famous Praying Hands, all of which probe the limits of what can be accomplished with pen and brush. These are demonstration pieces that proved Dürer’s consummate drawing and painting abilities to anyone who visited the master’s workshop. As such, they are not preliminary studies but autonomous visual tours de force that demonstrate Dürer’s stupendous abilities as well as the intellectual depth with which he conceived of nature.

Albrecht Dürer
Ed. Christof Metzger
Prestel Verlag
2019
488 pages
24.5 x 28.5 cm
German EUR 34,90
English EUR 36,90

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Exclusive Evening Tour
Mondays, 21 October, 4 November & 9 Dezember 2019

Enjoy the Hare and other wonderful works of art by Albrecht Dürer in an exclusive atmosphere, after opening hours.

 

 

Curator's Tour
Tour fee per person EUR 4 (excl. entry ticket)

On Wednesday, 6 November and Wednesday, 4 December curator Christof Metzger, will guide you through the exhibition. The tour will be held in German.

 

 

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