Albrecht Dürer's material world

Edited by Edward H. Wouk and Jennifer Spinks

Albrecht Dürer's material world
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  • ISBN: 9781526167606
  • Publish Date: Jun 2023
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-8349-1
    • Published Date: April 2024


    The painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer is one of the most important figures of the German Renaissance. This book accompanies the first major exhibition of the Whitworth art gallery's outstanding Dürer collection in over half a century. It offers a new perspective on Dürer as an intense observer of the worlds of manufacture, design and trade that fill his graphic art.

    Artworks and artefacts examined here expose understudied aspects of Dürer's art and practice, including his attentive examination of objects of daily domestic use, his involvement in economies of local manufacture and exchange, the microarchitectures of local craft and, finally, his attention to cultures of natural and philosophical inquiry and learning.


    1 Introducing Albrecht Dürer's material world - Jennifer Spinks and Edward H. Wouk
    2 The Thomas D. Barlow collection: a fait accompli -Imogen Holmes-Roe
    3 Perilous possessions: Kachelöfen in Renaissance Nuremberg -Sasha Handley
    4 Objects in motion: Albrecht Dürer's Nemesis - Jennifer Spinks
    5 The nature of lines: enviromateriality and ingenuity in Albrecht Dürer's material world - Stefan Hanß
    6 Objects of devotion and instruments of memorialisation: The Mass of Saint Gregory - Charles Zika
    7 Measure and the material world of Dürer's Melencholia I - Matthew Champion
    8 The material and the immaterial: Saint Jerome in his Study - Dagmar Eichberger
    9 Albrecht Dürer's Landscape with a Cannon of 1518: the matter of etching - Edward H. Wouk
    10 Dürer's armour - Larry Silver
    11 The Whitworth's sculpted Pietà from Renaissance Germany - Holly Fletcher
    12 The home - Sasha Handley and Charles Zika
    13 The workshop - Stefan Hanß, Jennifer Spinks and Edward H. Wouk
    14 The study - Edward H. Wouk and Dagmar Eichberger


    Edward H. Wouk is Reader in Art History and Cultural Practices at the University of Manchester
    Jennifer Spinks is Hansen Associate Professor in History at the University of Melbourne

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