The Young Dürer and Antiquity Unleashed at the Courtauld Gallery

Today is the launch of two great new exhibits at The Courtauld Gallery — The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure and Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg,Dürer and Mantegna.  Both of these exhibits will be running until January 12, 2014.

The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure focuses on the figure drawings of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer during his journeyman years, or Wanderjahre – considered the final part of a craftsman’s training – from 1490-1495.

As a collaborative exhibit, Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg, Dürer and Mantegna features the lecture notes, slides, and sketches of Aby Warburg – one of the most influential art historians and cultural theorists of the 20th century.  In 1905, Warburg gave a lecture called Dürer and Italian Antiquity, which focused on Dürer’s Death of Orpheus. Warburg illustrated his lecture with a display of ten original works that are on display at the exhibit.

Paul Holberton Publishing has release accompanying publications to coincide with these exhibits.

The Young Durer: Drawing the Figure is introduced with five essays on Dürer’s work and is accompanied by 200 color illustrations.This book focuses on the young artist’s figure studies and has at its heart the Courtauld Gallery’s double-sided drawing of a Wise Virgin and Two studies of the artist’s left leg. This superbly ambitious work serves as a springboard to explore in depth the role of drawing at this stage of Dürer’s career.
Antiquity Unleashed: Aby Warburg, Dürer and Mantegna features Warburg’s ‘pop-up exhibition’ of eleven works, which have been reconstructed and analyzed using his lecture notes, sketches and slide lists.
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