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AUSTIN, Texas - June 8, 2007 - This fall the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will present an important exhibition of the works of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1523), celebrated since his own time as one of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. On view September 8 through November 25, Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation, Germany is a comprehensive survey of more than one hundred woodcuts and engravings by the German artist, providing extraordinary insight into his genius. Included in the exhibition are twenty impressions from the Blanton's notable holdings of European prints and drawings, as well as other local collections. Prior to the Blanton presentation, Albrecht Dürer made its debut at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (March 29-May 27, 2007) and will be on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art this summer (June 16-August 26).
"Dürer practically invented the 'fine print' by elevating techniques of relatively simple popular imagery and reproduction to the level of the highest art," said Jonathan Bober, the Blanton's curator of prints, drawings, and European paintings. "His inventiveness, mastery, and influence knew no bounds. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to experience this towering graphic personality and its development first-hand."
Along with Rembrandt and Goya, Dürer is considered by scholars and collectors one of the foremost creators of old master prints. Born in Nuremberg, Germany, Dürer became known for his technical virtuosity in both his paintings and works on paper. In the early 1490s he visited northern Italy, where the works of such artists as Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini had a powerful impact on his artistic development. In 1495, Dürer opened his own workshop in Nuremberg, a wealthy center of trade. He took the radical step of producing high quality prints for an open market, and the first edition of his famous Apocalypse series of woodcuts was published in 1498.
The exhibition will be on view in the museum's Julius and Suzan Glickman Galleries on the second floor. It will unfold chronologically, from Dürer's earliest, still-Gothic genre subjects of the mid 1490s to his refined, increasingly abstract devotional images, as well as portraits, of the 1520s.
Several complete series of woodcuts by the artist are featured in this exhibition, among them the Apocalypse (1498), Life of the Virgin (1511), and The Engraved Passion (1512). Also included are a number of famous single prints such as Adam and Eve (1504), Knight, Death, and the Devil (1512), Melancholia I (1514), and St. Jerome in His Study (1514). From the Blanton's collection, works by Dürer include Martyrdom of Saint Catherine (c. 1497-1498), Christ as the Man of Sorrows (c. 1500), andErasmus of Rotterdam (c. 1526), as well as Christ Before Annas, Mocking of Christ, Christ Crowned with Thorns, and Descent from the Cross from The Small Passion woodcut series (1509-1511).
Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation, Germany is organized by the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Foundation of Lower Saxony, and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation. The exhibition is organized at the Blanton by Jonathan Bober with the assistance of Joshua McConnell, graduate student intern in the Department of Prints and Drawings.
Public Programs to include a major lecture series
As a part of this major exhibition the Blanton and The University of Texas of Austin's Art and Art History Department will co-sponsor a series of four lectures on this compelling artist and his work:
Dürer and the Art of Print, by Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Kay Fortson Chair in European Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Thursday, September 13;
Albrecht Dürer: Drawing and the Imagination, by Peter Parshall, curator of prints at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 20;
The Madrid "Christ Among the Doctors": A Dürer Patchwork and Its Sources, by Thomas Schauerte, one of Europe's leading experts on Renaissance art from the University of Trier Thursday, October 18;
Albertus Durer Noricus: A European Artist in the Context of His Native City of Nuremberg, by Dagmar Eichberger, with the University of Heidelberg, Monday, October 29.
The lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in the Art Building on The University of Texas campus. For more information and additional programs please visit www.blantonmuseum.org.
Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation, Germany is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, published by the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The 128-page soft-cover book includes an introduction of the Albrecht Dürer Collection; preface by Stephen Little, director of the Honolulu Academy of Arts; essays by Dürer scholars Jeffrey Chipps Smith, The University of Texas at Austin, and Thomas Schauerte, the University of Trier; and text on individual works by Eva Berger, director of the Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Osnabrük. The catalogue presents new scholarship and features over eighty illustrations.
The Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The museum welcomes and engages all visitors by offering personal, extraordinary experiences that connect art and ideas, reaching within and beyond The University of Texas campus to stimulate the thriving, creative community that is Austin, Texas, and beyond. The Blanton's permanent collection of more than 17,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.
Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue, the museum is across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and is adjacent to downtown Austin. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10-5, Thursday 10-8 (free admission day), and Sunday from 1-5. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders and children under 12, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for youth. For information call (512) 471-7324 or visit www.blantonmuseum.org.
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