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Albrecht Dürer was a master in various media, but it was in woodcut design that his creative genius reached its highest expression. Here are all of his extant woodcuts, a collection of over 300 great works containing all the familiar cuts long treasured by the world's art lovers: the celebrated series on the Life of the Virgin, The Apocalypse of John (17 cuts), The Great Passion, St. Jerome in his Study, Samson Fighting the Lion, The Fall of Icarus, The Six Knots, The Men's Bath, St. Christopher, The Virgin in Glory, The Rhinoceros, The Last Supper of 1523, illustrations from Dürer's "The Art of Measurement" and from his four books on human proportion, and many others, including much little-known material. This book is the only available source for many of these works.
Although sacred subjects predominate (the Holy Family, scenes from Christ's life, crucifixion, etc., the lives of the saints, Old Testament episodes), many other motifs are treated. There are portraits of prominent men of the ages, book illustrations (secular and religious), coats of arms, the celestial and terrestrial globes, animals, mythological and historical themes, etc. The plates are arranged generally in chronological order permitting the reader to view the development of Dürer's art. From out of the gnarled figures and landscapes one can see the emergence of an individualistic style and skill unrivaled in this sphere.
An introduction by Campbell Dodgson and a 34-page textual guide to the plates by Dr. Willi Kurth discuss the evidence and controversies surrounding the authenticity of each work, citing the opinions of all the important Dürer scholars; they also furnish the reader with the historical background of the cuts and of Dürer's life and times—from the years of apprenticeship in Nuremberg to the last works of 1520–1528.
All of the woodcuts are reproduced in excellent detail. This book is indispensable for the professional art historian and critic. To the layman with any aesthetic interests at all it will be a source of stimulation and satisfaction that only great art can provide.
There is only one flaw is that description of each woodcut located at the beginning of book.Published 3 months ago by Eugene
Really neat book for the Albrecht Dürer fan or printmaking connoisseur.Published 3 months ago by tobyN
This book was an utter and complete disappointment because it does not show pictures of the woodcuts. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mary r belshe
Hands down the greatest wood engraver to ever live in my opinion. The detail in his work is off the charts good! Highly recommended for all artist.Published 17 months ago by Jay Jefferson
Such a brilliant artist deserved better treatment for his work. Book sloppy, with sheets of poorly quality. I am deeply disappointed with the quality of the material. Read morePublished 21 months ago by adolfo de moura junior
The detail and evocative mood of these prints is astounding. So beautiful! The images display well on my Samsung tablet. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Bobby
N.B. This collection does not include Durer's famous masterprints Melencolia, St. Jerome in His Study or Knight, Death and the Devil (apparently those weren't woodcuts). Read morePublished on August 30, 2013 by Christopher C. Tamigi
Very complete a good compilation of the engraving of this magnificent artist.
If the fura illustrations sellecion bigger would be perfect.