Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) is one of the most famous artists of all times. Some of his works, like his engraving Melancholy, have gained iconic character. A prolific draughtsman and painter he received important commissions from Emperor Maximilian I. and princely patrons. He visited Italy twice and travelled to the Netherlands. An artist of considerable wealth and reputation Dürer became a member of Nuremberg’s city council in 1506. He was a learned artist who wrote theoretical treatises and had friends among the German humanist circles. Dürer’s elaborate technique revolutionised woodcutting as well as engraving. His prints above all were spreading his fame all over Europe already during his lifetime and ever since.
The display Dürer’s Fame will feature around thirty prints, drawings and paintings from the collections of the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Examining different aspects of fame, it will present a selection of Dürer impressions of the highest quality together with contemporary and later copies – drawn and printed – imitations and forgeries, as well as portraits and works that reflect his art. In addition to famous examples by Marcantonio Raimondi and Johannes Wierix, the exhibition will include works by British artists such as John Runciman (1744-1768/69) and William Bell Scott (1811-1890), whose response to Dürer’s art is less well known. Dürer’s Fame will be rounded off with an epilogue on the artist’s reception in the twenty-first century.