This classic text presents the life, times, and works of Albrecht Durer. Through the skill and immense knowledge of Erwin Panofsky, the reader is dazzled not only by Durer the artist but also Durer in a wide array of other roles, including mathematician and scientific thinker. Originally published in 1943 in two volumes, "The Life and Art of ...Read MoreThis classic text presents the life, times, and works of Albrecht Durer. Through the skill and immense knowledge of Erwin Panofsky, the reader is dazzled not only by Durer the artist but also Durer 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 Durer" 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 Durer." 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 Durer (1471-1528), the greatest exponent of northern European Renaissance art. Although an important painter, Durer 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 Durer'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 Durer 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. "Read Less
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Very good. The pages are clean and unmarked. Minor peeling on corner of cover. Attractive book with some signs of use. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
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Very Good. No Jacket--as Issued. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Fabulous book! Large softcover with shiney covers covered in pen and ink drawing (work of Durer). Pink color on back with barcode sticker. Text is clean and beautiful and half of the book are copies of many and various pieces of artwork...I could look at this for hours! Outside of page edges have some stains but inside is fabulous! 317 pages of text and about 200 pages of illustrations. ARTWORK/ DURER.
If you are an Art Historian or just interested in art you must read this book. Albrecht Durer was one of the greats and he changed the way things were.
Jul 26, 2007
While many of Panofsky's methodologies have fallen out of favor among art historians, his seminal monograph on the artist who was one of the greatest self-portraitists of the Renaissance, and among the greatest print artists of all time, still has much to recommend it. Joseph Leo Koerner's "Moment of Self-Portraiture in the German Renaissance" surpasses Panofsky's monograph in many ways, but could not have been written without it. A terrific introduction to the life and work of one of the first "artists" in the modern sense of the word.
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