An exhibition entitled ‘The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure’ has opened at the Courtauld Gallery, London. One of the most important artists of the Northern Renaissance, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) produced many designs for stained glass. Previous Vidimus articles have highlighted the importance of Dürer and his impact on stained glass design: see Vidimus 7, 10, 12 and 21.
The exhibition focuses on the artist’s years as a journeyman (c.1490–96), during which he travelled widely in the Upper Rhine region and Italy, learning and experimenting, transforming himself from a late medieval goldsmith-turned-artist into a genius of the Northern Renaissance. It explores the ways in which Dürer reinvented artistic traditions through an ambitious new approach to the figure, rooted in the study of his own body, and features early works by the artist, alongside rare drawings and prints by his contemporaries, many of which have never been seen in the United Kingdom.
The exhibition runs until 12 January 2014. See the website for more information.