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Albrecht Dürer

Art and Autobiography

An exploration of the life and works of German artist Albrecht Dürer and his self-obsession.
The Italian Renaissance birthed the modern sense of self, and no artist from the period compares with Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) in terms of the almost obsessive interest he displayed in his own life. Dürer’s works are filled with personal details from his day-to-day, his dreams, and his escapades. In this brief biography, David Ekserdjian explores Dürer’s life and times—his studies, travels, and influences—as well as his paintings, drawings, and prints. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in Renaissance or Northern European art.

272 pages | 37 color plates, 27 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Renaissance Lives

Art: Art--Biography, European Art

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“Ekserdjian’s lively account . . . shows how [Dürer’s] art and autobiography continue to resound across the centuries. Dürer’s fascination with the world around him . . . [was] transferred into narrative prints, which have inspired artists from Velázquez to Lucian Freud and remain mesmerizing today.”

Giulia Bartrum, former curator of German prints and drawings, British Museum

Table of Contents

Introduction: Life and Times
1 Man and the Natural World
2 Study, Travel and Influence
3 Paintings
4 Drawings
5 Prints
Photo acknowledgements

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