D Ü R E R
MASTERPIECES FROM THE ALBERTINA
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,
"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
for Court Dress (Back View) - Pen and brown ink, watercolour, 28.1 x 21
A Youthful Standard Bearer - Pen and black ink, 42.3 x 29.8 cm, c. 1518
Bearer : The Hungarian Trophy - Pen and black ink, 43.3 x 32 cm,
Triumphal Chariot of Maximilian I - Pen and brown ink, watercolour,
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
We are grateful to the press office at the Museo Nacional del Prado for providing us with this information.