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Albrecht Durer [Hardcover]

Norbert Wolf
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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December 3, 2010 3791344269 978-3791344263 Slp
Drawing on the latest research, this luxurious volume presents an exciting new interpretation of Durer, both as a man and as an artist. Durer's prints and drawings inspired centuries of artists both during his life and after his death. Yet his talent as a painter and colourist, and his enthusiasm for the scientific world have not been widely appreciated. Durer's influence was both international and intergenerational; indeed Picasso claimed to have been inspired by the sixteenth-century artist. Reproduced in stunning detail and including illustrations of Durer's most famous prints and drawings, a catalogue raisonne of his paintings, and biographical research, this book presents a Durer for the twenty-first century. Producing more self-portraits than any other artist of his day; mass marketing his best-selling prints; even inventing his own monogram logo; Albrecht Durer was commercially astute long before today's generation of slick self-promoters and savvy mega-bucks artists. There are 55 extant Durer's, of which 17 are in dispute. Using the very latest scientific research, this book puts all arguments to bed resulting in the definitive catalogue raisonne of the paintings. Not since 1971 has such a feat of painstaking research been attempted. After an almost 40-year wait, the truth behind the man and his art can finally be revealed.

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Drawing on the latest research, this luxurious volume presents an exciting new interpretation of Durer, both as a man and as an artist. Durer's prints and drawings inspired centuries of artists both during his life and after his death

About the Author

NORBERT WOLF is an art historian based in Munich, Germany. His numerous publications include The World of the Saints and I Titian (both by Prestel).

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel; Slp edition (December 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791344269
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791344263
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 15.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breathtaking reproduction of the cream of Durer's output November 11, 2010
This large sized book is similar in format to the Taschen Carravagio and Botticelli Prestel issues. Its primary attraction is the presentation of large sized reproductions and frequent detail photographs of this great artist's works. It provides an illustrated catalog of all the paintings plus coverage of a number of watercolors, woodblocks, etchings, drawings and engravings.

There is an intelligent, scholarly and clearly written text (translated from the original German)by Norbert Wolf. The author writes about Durer's life in general and gives detailed analyses of the works under discussion.

This book, like the Caravaggio and Botticelli volumes, is luxuriously presented and exceptionally illustrated. The closeups are thrilling in their beauty, detail and sensitivity. Many of the works reproduced will be familiar to art enthusiasts and some are masterpieces of the first order. In my experience there are very few recently published illustrated volumes entirely dedicated to works of Albrecht Durer, so it is good to have this comprehensive coverage of Durer's life and works. This is a beautiful book which despite its cost, represents good value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this is a coffee table book....... March 3, 2011
By simone
.....not a scholarly work, but it is just about the most beautiful coffee table book I've ever seen. It's almost worth it just for the cover. If you want to learn about Durer's technical and scientific works, this is not the book for you. However, if you just want to feast your eyes on stunningly beautiful images of his art, buy it today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect June 4, 2008
I received this book in Perfect order. Lots of information in a small inexpensive book. The photos are excellent quality, thank you.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unfortunate Result February 3, 2011
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This expensive book has rich illustrations and a thoughtful text. Unfortunately they are at cross purposes. Norbert Wolf used recent scholarship (mainly German, which is not available the an English only reading public), in addition to his own opinion about paintings. Paintings are indeed his primary focus, despite the many illustrations of other works of art. Here, Wolf makes welcome comments about paintings that are buried in the catalog in small illustrations the obliterate his points, such as Durer's powerful 1500 "Self-Portrait." The details that fill numerous pages do not advance the text. Also, there are captions that are in error, even though Wolf presents the correct information in his text. The the text and images of Durer's "Apocalypse" -- given in full -- reverses their actual sizes. Prestel spent much time, and charges us for it, for a book in which the picture editor and the author clearly did not work together. Unfortunately, they wasted their time and our money. Panofsky is indeed better.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short book on Albrecht Dürer October 19, 2007
Taschen's artist series varies, but all are certainly carefully turned out little books, filled with nicely designed formats and excelletn printing.
This book on Dürer is an example of the better ones. The author begins right at what for me is the pinnacle of Dürer's art - his charcoal drawing of his mother near death, a supreme work of realism, and one of the most powerful portraits in art. A wealth of material is covered without too much difficulty, rather an accomplishment, as Dürer's worl is myriad and tricky to get a handle on.
Highly recommended, though Art History majors and readers up to a challenge should step up to the far more complex studies of Dürer by Panofsky and, especially, the more recent one by Joseph Koerner, The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art, this latter now in paperback. Koerner's book also has a fine discussion of the misunderstood and very underappreciated art of Hans Baldung Grien.
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