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Albrecht Dürer and the Art of Invention Lecture at the Clark

For Immediate Release

November 02, 2010

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Celebrate the opening of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer exhibition with a special lecture on Sunday, November 14, by Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Clarke will explore Albrecht Dürer and the art of invention in relation to the Clark’s winter exhibition, The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer. Admission to the 3:00 pm lecture is free.

Clarke will discuss The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer with an emphasis on how Dürer changed the visual landscape of his day. Using the woodcuts from the Apocalypse series and select other works, Clarke will illustrate how the artist’s technical brilliance and narrative originality transformed his medium. She will explore the assumptions that historians have made about the artist, and how these assumptions have played a role in the interpretation of his work.

This lecture will also investigate the way Dürer used the human body as a storytelling tool within his narratives. While Dürer’s late scientific and theoretical writing contained seemingly precise measurements of human proportion, he took liberties with the human forms depicted in his prints to suit his narrative. In Dürer’s time science and religion were deeply intertwined; his prints often fused scientific and religious elements. His strange depictions of witches, for instance, were both studies in human proportion and compelling narratives about demonic forces.

Drawn entirely from the Clark's extensive holdings, The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer will feature seventy-five of Dürer's graphics, including the iconic Hercules (1496), the Apocalypse series (1498), Nemesis (c. 1501), Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), and Melencolia I (1514). The Clark's Dürer collection numbers more than 300 objects and is considered to be among the best in North America. It has not been the subject of a comprehensive display in more than thirty-five years.

This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is proudly presented by Crane & Co.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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November 14: Celebrate the opening of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer exhibition with a special lecture on Sunday, November 14, with Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Clarke will explore Albrecht Dürer and the art of invention in relation to the Clark’s winter exhibition, The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer. Admission to the 3:00 pm lecture is free. This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is proudly presented by Crane & Co. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu

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