Dürer and Beyond: Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700


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Dürer and Beyond
Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700
April 3–September 3, 2012
Learn more: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2012/durer-and-beyond

Investigate how American collections of Central European drawings were assembled and assess the role of drawing in the creative processes of Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries. Introduction by exhibition curators Stijn Alsteens and Freyda Spira, Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Beyond Dürer: Central European Drawings from 1550–1700 in the United States
Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University

Albrecht Dürer and his contemporaries have long been regarded as the epitome of German art, but rich artistic traditions also existed in Central Europe during the later sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawings by artists from this period were purchased by early American collectors, and interest has increased in the last few decades. Examine this history and consider how it relates to the continuing reevaluation of art from Central Europe.

Master Underdrawings
Maryan Ainsworth, curator, Department of European Paintings, MMA

We are accustomed to enjoying and studying artists’ renderings on paper, but many master drawings lie hidden beneath the surface of paintings. These range from mere preparatory sketches to fully worked-up drawings of great refinement. Discover some of the most extraordinary examples of such treasures in the early German paintings collection at the Metropolitan Museum.

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