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Dürer (Taschen Basic Art Series) Paperback – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Taschen Basic Art Series
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822849227
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822849224
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Norbert Wolf graduated in art history, linguistics and medieval studies at the universities of Regensburg and Munich, and earned his PhD in 1983. He held visiting professorships in Marburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg-Erlangen, and Innsbruck. His extensive writings on art history include many TASCHEN titles, such as Diego Velázquez, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Caspar David Friedrich, Expressionism, Romanesque, Landscape Painting and Symbolism.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ivor E. Zetler on November 11, 2010
Format: 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By simone on March 3, 2011
Format: 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert H. Getscher on February 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Snow on June 4, 2008
Format: 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on October 19, 2007
Format: 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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