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Durer

Durer

Albrecht Durer's (1471-1528) work stands out as one of the most innovative of the Northern Renaissance, revolutionising landscape and portraiture techniques in both religious and secular painting. This book offers a wide selection of Durer's works, and its compact format makes it... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781780420912
Barcode 9781780420912
Published 1 July 2011 by Parkstone International
Available in PDF format
Software Adobe Ebook Compatible Devices
Language en
Author(s) By Charles, Victoria
Series Mega Square

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ISBN-13 9781780420912
ISBN-10 1780420919
Stock Available
Status Wheelers ePlatform
Publisher Parkstone International
Imprint Parkstone International
Publication Date 1 July 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format PDF ebook
Author(s) By Charles, Victoria
Series Mega Square
Category The Arts: General Issues
Renaissance art
Individual Artists
Industrial / Commercial Art & Design
Architecture
Individual Architects
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Individual Artists / Art Monographs
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 0g
Dewey Code 759.3
Catalogue Code 302715

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Durer is the greatest of German artists and most representative of the German mind. He, like Leonardo, was a man of striking physical attractiveness, great charm of manner and conversation, and mental accomplishment, being well grounded in the sciences and mathematics of the day. His skill in draughtsmanship was extraordinary; Durer is even more celebrated for his engravings on wood and copper than for his paintings. With both, the skill of his hand was at the service of the most minute observation and analytical research into the character and structure of form. Durer, however, had not the feeling for abstract beauty and ideal grace that Leonardo possessed; but instead, a profound earnestness, a closer interest in humanity, and a more dramatic invention. Durer was a great admirer of Luther; and in his own work is the equivalent of what was mighty in the Reformer. It is very serious and sincere; very human, and addressed the hearts and understanding of the masses. Nuremberg, his hometown, had become a great centre of printing and the chief distributor of books throughout Europe. Consequently, the art of engraving upon wood and copper, which may be called the pictorial branch of printing, was much encouraged. Of this opportunity Durer took full advantage. The Renaissance in Germany was more a moral and intellectual than an artistic movement, partly due to northern conditions. The feeling for ideal grace and beauty is fostered by the study of the human form, and this had been flourishing predominantly in southern Europe. But Albrecht Durer had a genius too powerful to be conquered. He remained profoundly Germanic in his stormy penchant for drama, as was his contemporary Mathias Grunewald, a fantastic visionary and rebel against all Italian seductions. Durer, in spite of all his tense energy, dominated conflicting passions by a sovereign and speculative intelligence comparable with that of Leonardo. He, too, was on the border of two worlds, that of the Gothic age and that of the modern age, and on the border of two arts, being an engraver and draughtsman rather than a painter.

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