Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dürer and Beyond- Central European Drawings, 1400-1700 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528). Sheet with a Self-portrait and Studies of the Artist's Hand and a Pillow, 1493. Pen and iron gall ink; 10 15/16 x 7 15/16 in. (27.8 x 20.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.862)

Dürer and Beyond, Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700, April 3–September 3, 2012, presents a selection of 100 works from the Metropolitan Museum's outstanding collection of German, Swiss, Austrian, and Bohemian drawings. Featured are numerous drawings by Albrecht Dürer, including his celebrated study sheet with a self-portrait. In addition to drawings by major artists such as Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Urs Graf, Hans Holbein the Younger, Friedrich Sustris, and Wenceslaus Hollar, the selection also highlights work by lesser known but equally superb draftsmen from the 14th to the end of the 17th century.

Book, Dürer and Beyond Central European Drawings, 1400-1700

Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Distributed by Yale University Press
272 p., 9 1/2 x 10
325 color + 5 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300179514
Cloth: $65.00

Richly illustrated and fully documented with artist biographies, comparative illustrations, and enlightening commentary on the variety, quality, and purpose of the featured drawings, this book makes a significant scholarly contribution to a field that has not been widely explored.