‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints,’ at the National …

Before he hit 30, he was the polymath star of what we now call the Northern European Renaissance. If he was personally vain — in his adult self-portraits he looks like Jesus — you can’t blame him.

Traditionally, the category of great artist implies great painter, and Dürer was that, though there’s reason to think that he was at his most inventive, involved and expansive in his works on paper. Evidence for that argument is here in Washington, in a startlingly generous exhibition called “Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina,“ opening at the National Gallery of Art on Sunday.

The show takes Dürer, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1471 and died there in 1528, from the beginning to the end of his career. Some of

Article source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/arts/design/albrecht-durer-master-drawings-watercolors-and-prints-at-the-national-gallery.html?pagewanted=all

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