The strange world of Albrecht Dürer, populated by monsters, witches, hybrid animals, and marauding soldiers, shares spiritual and social preoccupations with our own time. Dürer (1471–1528) was celebrated throughout the sixteenth century and is memorialized today for his innovative techniques in printmaking, his visionary imagination, and his theoretical writing, which transformed the study of human proportion. Deeply embedded in an age of religious reformation, scientific inquiry, and artistic innovation, Dürer created prints that reflected the tumult of his era.
The Strange World of Albrecht Dürer explores how and why his work was so powerful then, and why it remains so visually arresting to us more than five centuries later.
This exhibition is arranged thematically in five groupings—The Apocalypse, War and Suffering, Enigma, Symbolic Space, and Gender Anxiety—encouraging twenty-first century viewers to consider the timelessness of Dürer’s intriguing prints.
This exhibition was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and is proudly presented by Crane & Co.