Pin It

Dürable Goods 



The foremost artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)worked with many mediums, including watercolor and oil, but it was his prints that “transformed the craftsmanlike tradition of printmaking into an independent art form,” explains Patricia Phagan, the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at Vassar College. The college, which holds the world-class Felix M. Warburg print collection, is exhibiting “Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance” at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through December 24. “Dürer didn’t see prints as inferior,” says Phagan. “He saw them as superb as an art and as a profession.” In his prints, Dürer’s focus on proper proportions of figures, as in Hercules at the Crossroads, showed talent that exceeded that of his predecessors and contemporaries, including his mentor Michael Wolgemut. Dürer’s achievement came to represent a change in the reputation of printmaking that rocked the art world.

In Nuremberg, where he spent his youth, Dürer learned to work in a deliberate decorative style, according to Phagan. With his godfather, Anton Koberger, one of Nuremberg's most prominent print publishers, Dürer was introduced to leading intellectuals and theorists, including Willibald Pirckheimer, Desiderius Erasmus, and Philip Melanchthon. Dürer may have even submitted his early artwork to his godfather’s publication, the Nuremberg Chronicle, an encyclopedic book of world history, including print artwork.

What is most significant about Dürer’s style, Phagan notes, is how he “fused his concern for lifelike effects with his wonderful imagination.” Dürer’s work came to reflect emerging Renaissance ideals, marrying the grandeur and precision of classical antiquity to emerging humanist principles. Erwin Panofsky explains in The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer that “Dürer was the most patient observer of realistic details and was enamored of the most objective of all techniques, line engraving in copper; yet he was a visionary, full of inward figures.” Dürer’s chosen medium encompassed the complexity of his mind in the intricacy of his work.

Of the 41 works that will be featured at the Loeb, 19 prints by Dürer will be displayed, the Latin edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle, and work by his contemporaries, including Marcantonio Raimondi and Georg Pencz.

“Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance” will be on display at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College through December 24. A lecture by exhibition curator Patricia Phagan, followed by a reception, will take place on November 19 at 5:30pm. (845) 437-5632; www.fllac.vassar.edu.

click to enlarge The Large Horse; engraving; 1505
  • The Large Horse; engraving; 1505

Speaking of...

  • On The Cover: Tatana Kellner
  • On The Cover: Tatana Kellner

    Monoprints by Tatana Kellner will be exhibited as part of the show "The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets" at Vassar's Palmer Gallery.
    • Feb 1, 2017
  • "The Art of Devastation" at Vassar College
  • "The Art of Devastation" at Vassar College

    The Art of Devastation” will be exhibited at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie from January 27 to April 9.
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • Modfest at Vassar College
  • Modfest at Vassar College

    Don't miss Vassar's Modfest running from January 26 through February 5.
    • Jan 1, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • Field and Dream: Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm

    Over 70 artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond have assembled animal-friendly sculptures to complement the surrounding landscapes—grazing cows and horses are imagined to admire the pieces while they dine.
    • Sep 1, 2015
  • On The Cover: Tatana Kellner

    Monoprints by Tatana Kellner will be exhibited as part of the show "The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets" at Vassar's Palmer Gallery.
    • Feb 1, 2017

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Come Grow with RDAC: Legacy Luncheon

Thu., March 30, 12-2 p.m.

Technology in Art

Thu., March 30, 4 p.m. — Demonstrations and discussions with exhibiting artists Bryan Czibesz on 3-D printing, Joshua...

View all of today's events

Latest in Visual Art

  • On The Cover: Gabriel Garcia Roman
  • On The Cover: Gabriel Garcia Roman

    "Visceral Notions" will feature work by Gabriel Garcia Roman through March 26 at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • Andres Serrano Goes Back to School
  • Andres Serrano Goes Back to School

    The Andres Serrano retrospective at The School, the spectacular exhibition space established by Chelsea gallery owner Jack Shainman in Kinderhook, is a rare event.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • Parting Shot: Matthew Pleva
  • Parting Shot: Matthew Pleva

    Kingston-based multimedia artist Matthew Pleva seeks inspiration from everything around him.
    • Mar 1, 2017
  • More »

Related to Visual Art

More by Erica Scrodin

  • Savoring the Season

    Erica Scrodin previews holiday events around the region.
    • Oct 30, 2009
  • You Down with ABT?

    American Ballet Theatre premieres three new works at Bard’s Fisher Center.
    • Sep 28, 2009
  • More »

Hudson Valley Tweets