At the National Gallery, Dürer the Traveller

At the National Gallery, Dürer the Traveller
#Exhibitions

From the Alps to Holland, the long wandering in the boundless art of Dürer and the places in Europe that inspired it, stops in the halls of the National Gallery, protagonist of the first large exhibition in twenty years dedicated to the master of German Renaissance painting. While it was the plague that drove the Nordic painter far from his hometown of Nuremberg in the late summer of 1494, the artists and people he met during his countless journeys nurtured his creative genius as well as his fame and influence. Venice held him at bay during his first trip to Italy, striking him with the wealth of its art works and it cosmopolitanism. In the lagoon city, the painter who brought the faces, clothing and bodies of his subjects to life with minute detail, was steeped in eroticism and tasted the prestige that surrounded artists, still considered in Germany only mere artisans. Dürer had no regard for territorial confines or even intellectual ones for that matter. Thus, he earned the credit for bringing the breakthroughs of the Italian Renaissance into Nordic traditions in a charming and original way, all his own. Now, this exhibition will focus on his work once again in London with important works on loan, such as Christ Among the Doctors from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. However, the real special guest at this exhibition which opens on the 20th of November, bringing works on loan from private collections and museums around the world, will be the extraordinary Madonna with Child from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., never displayed before in the United Kingdom.
Samantha De Martin - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London