Dürer and His Culture

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This collection attempts to set preeminent German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dúrer (1471-1528) in the cultural context of the early sixteenth century. It offers analyses of and suggests relationships between Dúrer's work and aspects of his culture that have not received much attention in previous scholarship. These include views of nature and attitudes to collecting, patriotism and morality, witchcraft and the rituals of courtship, the power of visual images and the role of censorship.

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"The strength of this volume rests in the diversity of approaches taken by the contributors....the individual articles highlight important aspects of Dúrer's work and early modern culture from a wide range of perspectives. The main target of this book might be art historians, but all sixteenth-century scholars will certainly profit from the various insights offered here." Albrecht Classen, German Studies Review

"The book is well produced, scrupulously documented, and has a single select bibliogrpahy." HNA Newsletter

"This is a varied, sophisticated and consistently engaging volume, which adds much to our understanding of Dürer the artist, the man and cultural icon." - H-Net Andrew Morrall, Bard Graduate Center, New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521620376
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 273
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Dürer and his culture: an introduction Dagmar Eichberger, and Charles Zika; Part I. Artist and Environment: 1. Naturalia and artefacta: Dürer's nature drawings and early collecting Dagmar Eichberger; 2. Germanic patriotism in the age of Dürer Larry Silver; 3. The Michelfeldt Tapestry and contemporary European literature Wim Hüsken; Part II. Image and Audience: 4. Ways of seeing in the age of Dürer Bob Scribner; 5. Dürer's witch and riding women: shaping moral order in sixteenth-century Germany Charles Zika; Part III. Communal Culture and Representation: 6. Tokens of affection: the meanings of love in sixteenth-century Germany Lyndal Roper; 7. The censorship of images in Reformation Germany 1520-1560 Christiane Andersson; Part IV. Dürer and the Canon: 8. Changing German perceptions of the historical role of Albrecht Dürer Paul Münch; 9. The making of Dürer in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria Irena Zdanowicz; Select bibliography: Albrecht Dürer (1971-1997); Dagmar Eichberger and Charles Zika; Index.

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