WHEN: April 13 – June 30, 2019
WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Albrecht Dürer; Master Prints features 37 framed engravings, etchings, and woodblock prints by German Renaissance Master Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528). This exhibition explores his work, technique, and creative expression while placing the artist in the broad cultural and historical context of Catholic Europe on the eve of the Reformation. A painter, printmaker, and theorist, Dürer was an extraordinary innovator who contributed significantly to the introduction of classical motifs into Northern Renaissance art by harmoniously synthesizing German and Italian styles, achieving remarkable compositional complexity, and infusing his works with a high degree of naturalism. Significantly, the artist revolutionized the medium of printmaking in late 15th and early 16th century Europe by elevating it to an independent art form throughout his life. The prints on view range from the 15th to the 17th centuries and include examples from Dürer’s celebrated Small Woodcut Passion (1508-10), Life of the Virgin (1503-10), the full set of 16 images from the Engraved Passion (1507-12), and scenes from the Hebrew Scriptures. Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints is organized and circulated by the Reading Public Museum, PA, and is drawn from its permanent collection.
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