Albrecht Dürer at the Albertina Museum

Vienna | 20 September 2019–6 January 2020

Tim Marlow, artistic director for London's Royal Academy of Arts, chooses the best exhibitions to see this month, presented by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

T he Albertina is celebrating a pioneer of the German Renaissance, and one of the greatest printmakers of any era, Albrecht Dürer.

Albrecht Dürer, Young Hare, 1502.

Presenting its own impressive collection of Dürer drawings, the largest in the world no less, along with important international loans of drawings, paintings and prints, the museum will stage an exhibition of more than 200 individual works, celebrating the artist’s expert draughtsmanship.

Albrecht Dürer, A Ninety-Three-Year-Old Man, 1521.

Through works including the famed Young Hare and Praying Hands, each unmistakably “Dürer”, the show will demonstrate the artist’s trademark precision and exceptional attention to detail, which is carried through even to his distinct monogrammed signature. It will look to the latest in research findings, trace the output of the artist’s workshop, and explore his personal, early humanist notion of art and the new concerns of the Renaissance - creating beautiful figures inspired by classical statues but imbued with naturalism. He’s even credited with elevating drawing as an art-form to the high status it holds today.

Albrecht Dürer, Adoration of the Magi, 1504. © Gabinetto Fotografico delle Gallerie degli Uffizi.

Albrecht Dürer will open at the Albertina from 20 September and run until 6 January 2020.

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