05 November 2010

Albrecht Durer Exhibition Tours South Island

Albrecht Durer & 16th Century German Printmaking
is a printmaking exhibition being toured by Te Papa to four South Island venues:
(previously on at Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 26 June–8 August 2010)
currently on at the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru from 16 October–28 November 2010,
then travelling to Ashburton Art Gallery from 11 December 2010–23 January 2011
and then to Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore from 5 February–20 March 2011

The exhibition features 26 works,
from Albrecht Dürer and other distinguished German printmakers,
and includes some of Durer’s iconic etchings and woodcuts including:
Hercules (1498), Nemesis, the Great Fortune (1502), and Melancholia 1 (1514).

Albrecht Dürer, Nemesis (the Great Fortune), c.1502

Working in Italy in the first decades of the 16th century,
Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), drew his inspiration from the Protestant Reformation
to portray the social, cultural and religious upheavals of the time.
His images were often based on classical stories and his own interpretation of Biblical texts.

 Durer was known for his technique of complex combinations of curved lines,
use of defined light and shade, and surface texture in both his woodcuts and engravings.
His systems of cross-hatched lines convincingly depict shape and form,
giving the human body a sculptural quality.

A great series for you South Islanders!
If you see it, let us know what you thought by adding a comment below.

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