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Albrecht Dürer’s Innovations in Book Illustration

Melbourne Rare Book Week

Event Date: 25 July 2024 02:00 PM to 25 July 2024 03:00 PM
Author / Presenters: Dr. Petra Kayser, Hansen Associate Professor Jenny Spinks and Professor Charles Zika
Event Venue: NGV
Event Organiser: National Gallery of Victoria

This session focuses on illustrated books and related prints by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), drawn from the NGV’s rich holdings, including examples of his early work as a book illustrator, the Apocalypse in a Latin and a vernacular edition, a range of devotional books and illustrated scientific treatises. The speakers will discuss the technique and historical context of their production to highlight Dürer’s ambition and originality, as well as the breath of his knowledge.

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