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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 a 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 until the 6 of January 2020.

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For more than five centuries, Albrecht Dürer has been consistently viewed as one of the greatest artists of his or any age. Even today, he is considered the epitome of the Northern Renaissance, which he, very much aware of his own epochal position, proudly celebrated as “art’s reawakening.” His fame is grounded in an oeuvre that is second to none in terms of quality and quantity. It comprises around one hundred paintings, some of which rank among the icons of art history, three hundred of the most delicate prints, and a legacy of nearly one thousand drawings.

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Albrecht Dürer, Left Wing of a Blue Roller, c. 1500, Watercolour, body colour, heightened with opaque white, © The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna

 

The ALBERTINA Museum holds the world’s most important collection of Albrecht Dürer’s drawings, a collection that numbers nearly 140 works. 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. 

 

Albrecht Dürer, St. Jerome, 1521, Oil on wood Lisbon, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga © Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lissabon,
Photo: Luisa Oliveira/José Paulo Ruas, Direção-Geral do Património Cultural / Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica (DGPC/ADF)

 

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. 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 watercolours. 

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Cover image: Albrecht Dürer, Praying Hands, 1508, Brush and black and gray ink, gray wash, heightened with white on blue prepared paper © The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna

 

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