The Drawings of Albrecht Durer

The Drawings of Albrecht Durer

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Originally published in Munich in 1914, this selection of Albrecht Durer's finest drawings by the great art historian Heinrich Wofflin has long been regarded as a basic book in the arts. It has gone through many editions in Europe, even though this is its first appearance in English. Professor Wofflin selected 81 drawings by the master both for their individual interest and for the light they cast on Durer's artistic growth and evolution. They begin with the self-portrait Durer drew at the age of 13 in 1484 and end with his Head of Saint Mark, done in 1526, approximately two years before his death. Included are many favorites as well as many works that are little known. Of special interest are sketches that Durer prepared for famous works in other media, such as drawings for the famous woodcut series "The Life of the Virgin. "Professor Wofflin's penetrating essay, which is considered one of the foundations of modern art criticism, has been translated by Stanley Appelbaum. Several features have been added to this Dover edition of Durer's drawings: a revised statement on ownership of originals; bibliographical note; Winkler numbers; and a new Foreword by Alfred Werner, art critic and lecturer."

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  • Paperback | 73 pages
  • 206 x 276 x 12mm | 762.03g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • 0486223523
  • 9780486223520
  • 206,598

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Originally published in Munich in 1914, this selection of Albrecht Durer's finest drawings by the great art historian Heinrich Wofflin has long been regarded as a basic book in the arts. It has gone through many editions in Europe, even though this is its first appearance in English. Professor Wofflin selected 81 drawings by the master both for their individual interest and for the light they cast on Durer's artistic growth and evolution. They begin with the self-portrait Durer drew at the age of 13 in 1484 and end with his Head of Saint Mark, done in 1526, approximately two years before his death. Included are many favorites as well as many works that are little known. Of special interest are sketches that Durer prepared for famous works in other media, such as drawings for the famous woodcut series "The Life of the Virgin. "Professor Wofflin's penetrating essay, which is considered one of the foundations of modern art criticism, has been translated by Stanley Appelbaum. Several features have been added to this Dover edition of Durer's drawings: a revised statement on ownership of originals; bibliographical note; Winkler numbers; and a new Foreword by Alfred Werner, art critic and lecturer. Dover (1970) English publication, derived from the tenth (1923) edition of "Albrecht Durer, Handzeichnungen, "as supplements."

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About Albrecht Durer

Regarded as the greatest of the German Renaissance artists, Albrecht Durer (1471 1528) created a vast body of work that ranges from altarpieces to copper engravings and portraits. Painter, printer, draughtsman, and art theorist, he remains best known for his woodcuts."

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