The Life And Art Of Albrecht Drer (Princeton Classic Editions)
The Life And Art Of Albrecht Drer (Princeton Classic Editions)
The Life And Art Of Albrecht Drer (Princeton Classic Editions)
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The Life And Art Of Albrecht Drer (Princeton Classic Editions)

  • Publish Date: 2005-09-11
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Erwin Panofsky

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This classic text presents the life, times, and works of Albrecht Drer. Through the skill and immense knowledge of Erwin Panofsky, the reader is dazzled not only by Drer the artist but also Drer in a wide array of other roles, including mathematician and scientific thinker. Originally published in 1943 in two volumes, The Life and Art of Albrecht Drer met with such wide popular and scholarly acclaim that it led to three editions and then, in 1955, to the first one-volume edition. Without sacrifice of text or illustrations, the book was reduced to this single volume by the omission of the Handlist and Concordance. The new introduction by Jeffrey Chipps Smith reflects upon Panofsky the man, the tumultuous circumstances surrounding the creation of his masterful monograph, its innovative contents, and its early critical reception. Erwin Panofsky was one of the most important art historians of the twentieth century. Panofsky taught for many years at Hamburg University but was forced by the Nazis to leave Germany. He joined the faculty at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1935, where he spent the remainder of his career and wrote The Life and Art of Albrecht Drer. He developed an iconographic approach to art and interpreted works through an analysis of symbolism, history, and social factors.


This book, one of his most important, is a comprehensive study of painter and printmaker Albrecht Drer (1471-1528), the greatest exponent of northern European Renaissance art. Although an important painter, Drer was most renowned for his graphic works. Artists across Europe admired and copied his innovative and powerful prints, ranging from religious and mythological scenes to maps and exotic animals. The book covers Drer's entire career in exacting detail. With multiple indexes and more than three hundred illustrations, it has served as an indispensable reference, remaining crucial to an understanding of the work of the great artist and printmaker. Subsequent Drer studies have necessarily made reference to Panofsky's masterpiece. Panofsky's work continues to be admired for the author's immense erudition, subtlety of appreciation, technical knowledge, and profound analyses.


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