A beautifully illustrated gift book on the prints and drawings of Albrecht Dürer, the famous German artist.
Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) is arguably the first truly international artist, a celebrity both during his own lifetime and since. A major artist of the northern Renaissance, he was praised by his contemporaries and described shortly after his death as ‘the prince among German painters’.
Dürer’s achievements as a painter were matched by his remarkable manipulation of the traditional techniques of woodcut and engraving, which altered the history of printmaking and ensured that his works were admired and collected throughout Europe.
The British Museum holds one of the finest collections of Dürer’s graphic art in the world. Beginning with an introduction to the life of the artist, the book presents a selection of Dürer’s best-known works including early figure studies, landscape watercolours, animal studies drawn from nature and his imaginative famous prints such as Adam and Eve, Rhinoceros and Melancholia.
A concise introduction to this fascinating and much-admired artist.
Giulia Bartrum is a curator of German prints and drawings at the British Museum. Her publications include German Renaissance Prints 1490–1550 and Albrecht Dürer and His Legacy (British Museum Press).