The Drawings of Albrecht Durer

The Drawings of Albrecht Durer

Paperback Dover Fine Art, History of Art Language: English / German

By (author) Albrecht Durer, Volume editor Heinrich Wolfflin, Illustrated by Albrecht Durer, Translated by Stanley Appelbaum, Translated by S. Appelpaum

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 73 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 206mm x 276mm x 12mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 7 December 1970
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486223523
  • ISBN 13: 9780486223520
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 150,120

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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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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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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.

Table of contents

LIST OF PLATES"Frontispiece: THE "WEIHERHÄUSCHEN"1 "SELF-PORTRAIT AT THE AGE OF THIRTEEN, 1484"2 "SLEF-PORTRAIT, ca. 1491"3 "FEMALE NUDE [WITH HEADCLOTH AND SLIPPERS], 1493"4 "ORPHEUS SLAIN BY BACCHANTES, WITH A BOY RUNNING AWAY, 1494"5 "ABDUCTION OF A WOMAN [RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN], 1495"6 "THE WOMEN'S BATH, 1496"7 "WINGED MAN, IN IDEALISTIC CLOTHING, PLAYING A LUTE, 1497"8 THE PRODIGAL SON AMONG THE SWINE 1497/98?9 YOUNG MAN LEANING FORWARD AND WORKING WITH A LARGE DRILL10 DÜRER'S WIFE AGNES11 "CHRIST CROWNED WITH THORNS, 1504"12 LYING-IN ROOM13 "FOREST GLADE WITH A WALLED FOUNTAIN BY WHICH TWO MEN ARE SITTING, c. 1505"14 THE CATHEDRAL OF ARCO IN THE SOUTH TYROL15 "MAN IN ARMOR ON HORSEBACK, 1498"16 "A NUREMBERG COSTUME STUDY, 1500"16A "THE SO-CALLED GREAT PIECE OF TURF, 1503"17 "YOUNG HARE, 1502"18 "SIDE, FRONT AND BACK VIEW OF A HELMET"19 APOLLO WITH THE SOLAR DISC AND DIANA TRYING TO SHIELF HERSELF FROM THE RAYS WITH HER UPLIFTED HAND20 "IDEALISTIC MALE AND FEMALE FIGURES [ADAM AND EVE], 1504"21 Three studies from nature for ADAM'S ARMS in the 1504 copperplate engraving22 "WILLIBALD PIRKHEIMER, 1503"23 "LAUGHING PEASANT WOMAN, 1505"24 "REAR VIEW OF A FEMALE NUDE HOLDING A CAP, 1506"25 "SEATED NUDE CHILD, 1506"26 "THE ARCHITECT HIERONYMUS OF AUGSBURG, 1506"27 "BOY'S HANDS, 1506"28 "STUDY OF DRAPERY, 1508"29 "MALE NUDE, HALF LENGTH, 1508"30 "STUDY OF DRAPERY, 1508"31 "HEAD OF AN APOSTLE LOOKING DOWNWARD, 1508"32 "HEAD OF AN APOSTLE LOOKING UPWARD, 1508"33 "MAN'S HANDS JOINED IN PRAYER, 1508"34 "FEET OF A KNEELING MAN, 1508"35 "LUCRECE, 1508"36 "HEAD OF A NEGRO, 1508"37 "THE LAMENTATION, 1513?"38 "THE VIRGIN NURSING THE CHILD, 1512"39 "DÜRER'S MOTHER, 1514"40 "PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, 1515"41 "EMPEROR MAXIMILLIAN I, 1578"42 "VIEW OF HEROLDSBERG, 1510"43 THE HOLY FAMILY IN A ROOM44 "THE MADONNA AND CHILD ON A GRASSY BANK, 1511"45 "THE DEATH OF THE VIRGIN, 1508/1510"46 "ST. JEROME IN HIS STUDY, 1511"47 "THE NATIVITY: ADORATION OF THE CHRIST CHILD IN THE STABLES WITH THE VIRGIN AND ST. JOSEPH, 1514"48 "SEATED WOMAN, 1514"49 "PAGE OF MARGINAL DRAWINGS FOR EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN'S PRAYER BOOK, 1515"50 "PAGE OF MARGINAL DRAWINGS FOR EMPEROR MAXIMILIAN'S PRAYER BOOK, 1515"51 "DESIGN FOR A GOBLET, WITH A VARIANT OF THE BASE, MID 1510'S"52 SIX GOBLETS53 "MALE AND FEMALE NUDES, 1516"54 "MALE AND FEMALE NUDES, 1515"55 "SEATED PROPHET, 1517"56 ST. JEROME IN HIS STUDY [WITHOUT CARDINAL'S ROBES] CONTEMPLATING A SKULL57 "THE MADONNA AND CHILD WITH A MUSIC-MAKING ANGEL, 1519"58 "A YOUNG GIRL OF COLOGNE AND DÜRER'S WIFE, 1520"59 "CASPAR STURM, 1520"60 "THE CATHEDRAL OF AIX-LA-CHAPELLE WITH ITS SURROUDINGS, SEEN FROM THE CORONATION HALL, October 1520"61 "ANTWERP ["ANTORFF"], 1520"62 "PORTRAIT OF AN UNKNOWN MAN, 1520"63 "LUCAS VAN LEYDEN," 1521"64 "PORTRAIT OF ULRICH VARNBÜHLER, 1522"65 "HEAD OF AN OLD MAN, 1521"66 "STUDY OF DRAPERY, 1521"67 "WEEPING CHERUB, 1521"68 "THE MAN OF SORROWS, 1522"69 "ST. JOHN LAMENTING, 1523"70 "THE LAMENTATION, 1522"71 "THE VIRGIN WITH TWO ANGELS AND FOUR SAINTS [ST. CATHERINE, ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, ST. JAMES THE GREAT AND ST. JOSEPH], 1521"72 "THE LAMENTATION, 1521"73 "CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, 1521"74 "CHRIST ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES, 1524"75 "THE ADORATION OF THE WISE MEN, 1524"76 "MASS, 1523"77 "FIVE MALE NUDES, 1526"78 THE PIECE OF TURF WITH THE COLUMBINE79 "HEAD OF ST. MARK, 1526"