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A Hare - Dürer,  Watercolour,  c. 1502

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MASTERPIECES FROM THE ALBERTINA

(Encore Edition)

This March, the Museo del Prado will be presenting the exhibition “Dürer. Masterpieces from the Albertina”, a unique opportunity to see most of the collection of works by Albrecht Dürer in the Albertina in Vienna, exhibited for the first time in Spain.  The Albertina houses the world’s greatest collection of prints and drawings by the artist.

March 8th to May 29th, 2005 

Curator: José Manuel Matilla

The exhibition is an exceptional event as it represents the first time that the Albertina has lent such a large number of works by the artist abroad: a total of  58 drawings and 27 prints that are normally not on display, only coinciding with temporary exhibitions. They include masterpieces of Dürer’s graphic art, offering the visitor a complete overview of his career, displayed both chronologically and thematically.

Among the works on show are many of the artist’s most famous prints and drawings, such as the Self-portrait at Thirteen, The Hare, Adam and Eve, Melancolia, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, studies for the Saint Jerome in Lisbon, the Antwerp Harbour and the monumental Triumphal Charriot. 

The selection of works on view allows for an appreciation of the different areas in which Dürer worked, as well as the outstanding technical mastery evident in his work in a wide variety of techniques. These include silverpoint drawing, pencil, pen, colour watercolour, woodcuts, engravings, and oil painting on panel. 

In addition, the exhibition will feature the four paintings in the Prado’s own collection by the artist: Adam and Eve, Self-portrait, and Portrait of an unknown Sitter. Each will play a prominent role within the presentation and argument of the exhibition.

The exhibition is structured around 8 principal sections

1. The artist’s training and the first Italian Trip. This section focuses on Dürer’s remarkable gifts during his years of study and his assimilation of northern Italian Renaissance models. 

2. The Study of Nature. Looks at the artist’s most important natural history drawings as well as the representation of nature in his religious prints.

 3. The Representation of the Nude and the Study of Proportion. A key aspect of Dürer’s work, in which he was the first German artist to systematically study the nude in a mythological, religious and anthropometric context.

 4.. The major Engravings. This section focuses on the great prints, in which Dürer reached a peak of technical and conceptual perfection, using the medium to disseminate Humanist ideals.

5. The Print as a Model of religious Representation. Dürer’s religious woodcuts established iconographic models which would be widely disseminated throughout Europe and America over the centuries to come.

6. Preparatory Drawings for Paintings. Includes drawings made from life of different figures and details which the artist subsequently used as preparatory studies for his finished paintings.  

7. In the Service of the Emperor Maximilian I. This section looks at Dürer’s works created to exalt the dynastic virtues of the court of Maximilian I.

8. The Trip to the Low Countries and the late Period. Reveals the way in which Dürer’s work continued to develop and evolve to the very end of his career. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with texts on the history of the collection by Klaus Albrecht Schröder, director of the Albertina; on Dürer and Spain by Pilar Silva, head of the department of Flemish and Northern School Painting at the Museo del Prado; and on Dürer’s life and work by Ernst Rebel, specialist in the artist’s work. It also has texts on each of the works on view in the exhibition and high quality photographic reproductions. 

Works from the Albertina Museum (Vienna) 

Self portrait at Thirteen - Silverpoint on prepared paper, 27.3 x 19.5 cm, c. 1484

Albrecht Dürer the Elder - Silverpoint on prepared paper, 28.4 x 21.2 cm, c.1486 Studies of Dürer’s Left Hand - Pen and brown and blackish brown ink, 27 x 18 cm, 

c. 1494-95  

"Mein Agnes" - Pen and black ink, 15.7 x 9.8 cm, c.1494

Cliffs in Landscape - Pen and blackish brown ink, 22.4 x 31.6 cm, c.1492  

Bacchanal with Silenus - Pen and brown ink, 29.8 x 43.3 cm, c.1494  

Innsbruck - Watercolour, 12.7 x 18.7 cm, c.1494-95  

Innsbruck Castle Court - Watercolour, 36.8 x 27 cm, c. 1494

A Venetian Lady  - Pen and grey and black ink, 29 x 17.3 cm, c. 1495

Sketch Sheet with the Rape of Europa, Lions, Apollo and an Oriental Figure - Pen and brown ink, 28.9 x 41.7 cm, c.1494-95 

The Virgin and Child with a Dragonfly - Engraving, 23.7 x 18.7 cm, c. 1495

The Virgin and Child with a Monkey - Engraving, 19 x 12.3 cm, c.1498

The Prodigal Son - Engraving, 24.4 x 19 cm, c.. 1496 

The Covered Bridge by the Hallertor in Nürnberg - Pen and black link, watercolour, 16 x 32.3 cm, c. 1496

Nürenberg Woman Dressed for Church - Pen and black ink, watercolour, 32 x 20.4 cm, 1500

Coat of Arms with a Skull - Engraving, 22.2 x 15.8 cm, c. 1503

St. Jerome in Penitence - Engraving, 31.5 x 22.3 cm, c. 1496 

The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse - Woodcut, 39.2 x 28.3 cm, c.1497-98 line-height: 150%; The Men’s Bath - Woodcut, 38.9 x 28.3 cm, c. 1496-97

The Four Witches, Engraving, 19.2 x 13.6 cm, c. 1497

Dream of the Doctor - Engraving, 18.9 x 12.1 cm, c. 1498-99 

The Sea Monster - Engraving, 25.1 x 18.8 cm, c. c. 1498  

Reclining Nude - Brush and pen with black ink, 17 x 22.1 cm, c. 1501

Venus on a Dolphin - Pen and black ink, 21.2 x 21.2 cm,  c.1503

Nemesis - Engraving, 33.3 x 23 cm, c. 1501-02

Adam and Eve (first proof) - Engraving, 25 x 19.3 cm, c. 1504 

Adam and Eve (second proof) - Engraving, 25.5 x 19.5 cm, c. 1504  

Adam and Eve - Engraving, 25.2 x 19.5 cm, c. 1504

Eve  - Pen and brown ink, 26.2 x 16.5 cm, c.1504-06  

Adam - Pen and brown ink, 26.2 x 16.6 cm c. 1504-06  

Male Nude - Pen and brown ink, 26.8 x 18.3 cm, c. 1513 

A Hare - Watercolour, 25 x 22.5 cm, c. 1502

The Great Piece of Turf - Watercolour, 40.8 x 31.5 cm, 1503  

A Blue Roller - Watercolour, 27.4 x 19.8 cm, c. 1512 

Wing of a Roller - Watercolour, 19.6 x 20 cm, c. 1512 

St. Eustace - Engraving, 36 x 26 cm, c. 1501

The Virgin and Child with a Multitude of Animals and Plants - Pen and blackish brown ink, watercolour, 31.9 x 24.1 cm, c. c. 1503 

The Visitation - Pen and grey and black ink, 25.3 x 20.7 cm, c. 1503-04

The Visitation - Woodcut, 30 x 21.1 cm, c. 1504

The Last Supper - Woodcut, 21.3 x 30.2 cm, c.1523

The Arrest of Christ - Woodcut, 39.4 x 28.2 cm, c. 1510

The Crowning with Thorns - Pen and brown ink, 26.3 x 19.4 cm, c. 1504 

The Crowing with Thorns - Pen and black ink, 28.3 x 18 cm, c. 1504

Praying Hands - Brush and grey wash, 29.1 x 19.7 cm, c. 1508

Head of an Apostle Looking Up - Brush and grey and black ink, 29.1 x 23.6 cm, c. 1508 

The Left Hand of an Apostle - Brush in grey and black, 31.7 x 19.8 cm, c.1508

Head of an Apostle - Brush and grey and black ink, 31.6 x 22.9 cm, c.1508 

Head of an Apostle with a Cap - Brush and grey ink, 31.6 x 21.2 cm, c.1508 

Drapery for God the Father  - Brush in grey and black, 17.6 x 19.3 cm, c.1508

Drapery for God the Father - Brush in grey and black, 17.9 x 24.4 cm, c. 1508 

Three Drapery Studies - Brush in grey and black, 28 x 36.5 cm  c. 1508 

Lucretia - Brush in grey and black, 42.3 x 22.6 cm, c. 1508 

Head of an African - Black chalk, 31.8 x 21.7 cm, c. 1508 

The Virgin and Child - Charcoal, 41.8 x 28.8 cm, c. 1512

Christ Carrying the Cross - Pen and grey ink, 29.5 x 21.9 cm, c. 1511 

The Holy Trinity - Woodcut, 39.3 x 28.5 cm, c. 1511

Adam and Eve - Pen and brown ink, 29.5 x 22 cm, c. 1510 

The Fall of Man - Woodcut, 12.7 x 9.6 cm, c. 1510 

Temptation of a Scholar - Pen and brown ink, 27 x 20.5 cm, c. 1515

A Knight on Horseback - Pen and brown ink, watercolour, 40.8 x 32.3 cm, c. 1498 

St. Georg on Horseback - Engraving, 11 x 8.5 cm, c. 1505-08 

Small Horse - Engraving, 16.3 x 10.9 cm, c. 1505 

Knight, Death and Devil - Engraving, 24.3 x 18.8 cm, c.1513 

St. Jerome in His Study - Engraving, 24.9 x 18.9 cm, c. 1514 

Melancolia I - Engraving, 24.2 x 19.1 cm, c. 1514 

Endres Dürer - Pen and brown ink, 27.8 x 21.7 cm, c. 1514 

Design for Court Dress (Front View) - Pen and brown ink, watercolour, 28.9 x 20.5 cm, c. 1515-17 

Design for Court Dress (Back View) - Pen and brown ink, watercolour, 28.1 x 21 cm,
c. 1515-17

A Youthful Standard Bearer - Pen and black ink, 42.3 x 29.8 cm, c. 1518  

Standard Bearer : The Hungarian Trophy - Pen and black ink, 43.3 x 32 cm,
 c.1518  

The Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I - Pen and brown ink, watercolour, 45.5 x
25.8 cm,
c. 1518  

Maximilian I - Black and white chalk, 38.1 x 31.9 cm, c. 1518  

Maximilian I - Woodcut, 43.3 x 32.7 cm, c. 1519  

Antwerp Harbour - Pen and brown ink, 21.3 x 28.8 cm, c. 1520  

Felix Hungersperg - Pen and brown ink, 16 x 10.5 cm, c. 1520  

A Girl from Cologne and Agnes Dürer ; A Lion - Silverpoint on prepared paper, 13.5 x 19.6 cm, c. 1521  

An Elderly Man - Brush and black and grey ink, 41.5 x 28.2 cm, c. 1521 

A Writing Desk with Books and a Box - Brush and black and grey ink, 19.8 x 28 cm, c. 1521  

Bust of an Elderly Man and his Left Hand - Brush and black and grey ink, 39.3 x 28.3 cm, c.1521 

A Skull - Brush and black and grey ink, 18 x 19.2 cm, c.1521

The Calumny of Apelles - Drawing, 15 x 44 cm, 1522

The Last Supper - Pen and black ink, 22.5 x 32.3 cm, c. 1523

The Adoration of the Magi - Drawing, 21.4 x 29.2 cm, 1524

The Last Supper - Woodcut, 40 x 28 cm, c. 1510

Ulrich Varnbüller - Drawing, 41.5 x 32 cm, c.1522

Ulrich Varnbüller - Woodcut, 42.4 x 32.5 cm, c. 1522

The Expulsion from Paradise - Woodcut, 12.7 x 9.8 cm, c. 1510  

Works from the Museo Nacional del Prado  

Adam - Oil on panel, 20.9 x 81 cm, c. 1507, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado 

Eve - Oil on panel, 20.9 x 80 cm, c. 1507, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado 

Self Portrait - Oil on panel, 52 x 41 cm, c. 1498, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado 

Portrait of a Man - Oil on panel, 50 x 36 cm, c. 1524, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado 

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