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Dürer and his Culture


Dagmar Eichberger, Charles Zika, Larry Silver, Wim Hüsken, Bob Scribner, Charles Zika, Lyndal Roper, Christiane Andersson, Paul Münch, Irena Zdanowicz
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  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619882

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  • This collection extends and deepens understanding of the political, social, and cultural contexts through which the meanings of Dürer's works can be perceived, and focuses on images which provide insights into his rich cultural milieu. Expanding views of nature and landscape, cultural strategies of collecting, the construction of national cultural identity, the humanist concern for a moral life, the transgressions of sexual order, and the gendered rituals of courtship are just some of the contemporary discourses and practices to which Dürer's works are linked. Also discussed is the manner in which images were viewed in the early-sixteenth century, and the powers and dangers with which they were associated, and the collection concludes with an appreciation of the changing historical role which Dürer himself has had within the European cultural tradition.

    • Brings together a range of different approaches to Dürer and the sixteenth-century
    • Sets Dürer's work in the context of sixteenth-century discourses (nature, collecting, gender, witchcraft, visual perception)
    • Offers the first substantial bibliography of international scholarship on Dürer since Matthias Mende's comprehensive work of 1971
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    'A welcome contribution to Dürer scholarship.' Jean Michel Massing, Burlington Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619882
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 77 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of contributors
    Dürer and his culture: an introduction Dagmar Eichberger, and Charles Zika
    Part I. Artist and Environment:
    1. Naturalia and artefacta: Dürer's nature drawings and early collecting Dagmar Eichberger
    2. Germanic patriotism in the age of Dürer Larry Silver
    3. The Michelfeldt Tapestry and contemporary European literature Wim Hüsken
    Part II. Image and Audience:
    4. Ways of seeing in the age of Dürer Bob Scribner
    5. Dürer's witch and riding women: shaping moral order in sixteenth-century Germany Charles Zika
    Part III. Communal Culture and Representation:
    6. Tokens of affection: the meanings of love in sixteenth-century Germany Lyndal Roper
    7. The censorship of images in Reformation Germany 1520–1560 Christiane Andersson
    Part IV. Dürer and the Canon:
    8. Changing German perceptions of the historical role of Albrecht Dürer Paul Münch
    9. The making of Dürer in the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria Irena Zdanowicz
    Select bibliography: Albrecht Dürer (1971–1997)
    Dagmar Eichberger and Charles Zika

  • Editors

    Dagmar Eichberger, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany

    Charles Zika, University of Melbourne


    Dagmar Eichberger, Charles Zika, Larry Silver, Wim Hüsken, Bob Scribner, Charles Zika, Lyndal Roper, Christiane Andersson, Paul Münch, Irena Zdanowicz

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