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Albrecht Dürer was one of the very first northern artists to respond to Italian Renaissance art. After learning all he could from imported prints and books he resolved to cross the Alps to study Italian art at first hand. Rather than travelling to Florence or Rome, Dürer stopped and stayed in Venice. On his arrival, Venetian artists received him with great honour but with some jealousy. The technical brilliance of his graphic work had made a big impact in Italy, yet his paintings were said to lack such qualities as the deep, rich colour for which Venetian art was renowned. Dürer was determined to ‘stop the mouths’ of his critics before returning to effect a revolution, a ‘renaissance’ in the arts in Germany. Close links between Venice and Germany had been long established and this course will examine this direct cultural cross-fertilisation, focusing on works Dürer produced in Italy under the inspiration of Giovanni Bellini, Giorgione and others, together with the influence Dürer’s work had upon them. The relationship between Italian art and other German painters such as Cranach or sculptors such as Riemenschneider will also be covered.

Encouraged by Dürer and others German sculpture, painting and architecture began to radically transform in the 16th century following the classical tradition of
ancient Greece and Rome. It was, however, specifically the Venetian Renaissance revival of the classical that was avidly followed by the Germans, such as the Fugger Chapel in Augsburg that borrowed heavily from the Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in Venice.


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5 November 2013 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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