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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
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...
Published on November 11, 2010 by Ivor E. Zetler

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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unfortunate Result
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...
Published on February 3, 2011 by Dr. Robert H. Getscher


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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
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Ivor E. Zetler (Sydney Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Hardcover)
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
This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Hardcover)
.....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
This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Taschen Basic Art Series) (Paperback)
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
This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Taschen Basic Art Series) (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this series! I own several!, February 18, 2014
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This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Taschen Basic Art Series) (Paperback)
I teach art history and use this series as a teaching tool for group work in class. They work great! I love this series! I literally own an entire shelf of this publisher's titles. Excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tashen Art Books Always a Plus, November 6, 2013
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This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Taschen Basic Art Series) (Paperback)
I love the Taschen books on artists. They are well written and thoroughly illustrated. Nothing is more frustrating than reading about an artwork you cannot see. The Durer book is excellent but the writing is a bit stilted at times (perhaps it's a translation or English is the author's second language).
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Graphic art fail ruins 25th Anniversary gift, June 29, 2011
This review is from: Albrecht Durer (Hardcover)
I chose this book as my gift to my artist wife for our 25th anniversary. She has asked me to return it because the many large images split across the binding destroy any pleasure in the book. Please imagine my feelings.

The author has turned Durer into Picasso with eyes the wrong side of the face and oh, the split big images just do not work. I confirm the other review that mentioned the unusable tiny images for the catalogue of works too. The text appeared good, but...

Spending too much time on his screen it seems the 'designer' has forgotten what a physical book is. The cover looked SO dramatic, but this publisher has robbed me.
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14 of 55 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lawyer over 50 years old, December 17, 2010
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Don't buy this expensive book. It would be far better to save some money and find an old copy of "The Life and Art of Albrect Durer" by Erwin Panofsky who at least attempts to share some serious scholarship about Durers methodolog'y and attempts to discuss Durer's views of proportions in the human body. I have been studying proportions in the Human Body especially from the persepctive of the big 3 of the Renaissance, da Vinci, Michaelangelo, and Durer. I bought the new Durer book sight unseen as I was anxious to learn more about this man's knowledge of human proportions, on which he spent so much time in his later years. What a disappointment this book is. It is as if blowing up the pictures bigger somehow compensates for what this book lacks in substance. In the last years of Durer's life he wrote a 4 volume set of books called Four Books on Human Proportions but the last 3 were not published before he died. We did not have the benefit of Durer's lectures to interpret these volumes as he died before they were printed. I have been waiting for someone to do a scholarly review of these books on Human Proportions since they are in a foreign language and relate them to the proportions of the body which Durer deemed so crucial. Yet,this book, rather than review Durer's legacy and explain Durer's drawings and explained the meaning of the notations on the drawings that relate to human proportions, how these proportions were taken and to what end they were recorded, instead the author goes on to offer his opinion on various topics. Don't you think it would be better to tell us what Durer said in his legacy writings than to offer the writer's opinions on various subject. To exclude Durer's most important intellectual contributions is a travesty. Whether the author did not have the expertise to analyze Durer's contributions or the author was lazy, his comments were limited to a few relevant words on pages 211 - 213 with respect to Durer's legacy work on the Human Proportions. What a waste of money this book was. It angers me because I was looking for a scholarly presentation on the subject of how Durer approached his study of proportions and recorded his notes and what the symbols and the ratios mean on his drawings. Thumbs Down for Wolf.
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Albrecht Durer (Taschen Basic Art Series) by Norbert Wolf (Paperback - April 1, 2006)
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