Albrecht Dürer

His art in context

23 October 2013 to 2 February 2014

The museum presented a comprehensive survey of the work of Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), presumably the most famous German Renaissance artist. The exhibition encompassed a total of more than 250 works, including some 190 by Dürer. Altogether, the presentation introduced the oeuvre of the German master in the entire breadth and wealth of his artistic expression. Twenty-five panel and canvas paintings, eighty drawings, a further eighty works executed in various printmaking techniques, and books written and illustrated by Albrecht Dürer were on view. What is more, these works were juxtaposed with examples by forerunners and contemporaries who were of importance to the artist – whether because he creatively explored their achievements, or because his own works served as points of departure for a new rendering in the oeuvre of a colleague. To this end, some seventy examples by such artists as Martin Schongauer, Hans Baldung Grien, Hans von Kulmbach, Jacopo de’ Barbari, Giovanni Bellini, Joos van Cleve or Lucas van Leyden enhanced this major exhibition project. Through this form of contextualisation, the viewer was acquainted not only with the exceptional creative power and artistic quality of Dürer’s oeuvre, but also with his decisive contribution to the emergence of Northern European Renaissance art.

CURATOR: Prof. Dr. Jochen Sander (Städel Museum)
SPONSORED BY: Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Gas-Union GmbH
SUPPORTED BY: Georg und Franziska Speyer’sche Hochschulstiftung, Willy Robert Pitzer Stiftung, Museumskooperationspool der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Schott AG

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