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Exhibition on Albrecht Dürer in Cincinnati

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany, Landscape with the Cannon, 1518, etching, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.207
(Cincinnati Art Museum)

The Reformation anniversary continues to be an issue in the United States, even after 31st October. On the occasion of the anniversary, the Cincinnati Art Museum presents the exhibition “Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance”. More than 140 artworks by Dürer himself and by his contemporaries are shown in the exhibition. 

The exhibition follows the evolution of Dürer

The exhibition follows the evolution of the Nuremberg artist Dürer from his education through the eve of the Reformation. Thus visitors can learn about the artistic, cultural and political changes which took place before Luther’s posting of the theses and contributed to that event. Dürer himself exerted political and social influence with his art, for example with his numerous prints.  

The Cincinnati Art Museum will not only present prices from its own collection, but also loans from other museums. Outstanding artworks of the exhibition are prints of “The Four Horsemen” from the cycle “The Apocalypse” or the master engraving “Knight, Death and Devil”. “The highlight of ‘The Age of Reformation and Renaissance’ is Dürer's complete series of religious prints”, says Kristin Spangenberg, curator for prints at the Cincinnati Art Museum and organizer of the exhibition. Dürer's innovative use of the printing technology puts him on an equal footing with artists of the Italian Renaissance „led to his international and lasting reputation“, according to Spangenberg.

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Germany, Knight, Death and the Devil, 1513, engraving, Bequest of Herbert Greer French, 1943.199.
(Cincinnati Art Museum)

On opening day, the Museum and the University of Cincinnati organized a symposium free of charge, entitled „The Reformation in Cultural Perspective“. In discussions, lectures and musical performances the time in which Dürer lived was explored from different perspectives. 

One of the oldest art museums of the USA

The Cincinnati Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums of the United States. It was already founded in 1881, the building in Antique-Roman style opened in 1886. With about 60 000 pieces, its art collection is the largest in the state of Ohio. 

Albrecht Dürer was born in 1471 in Nuremberg, and with his different paintings, drawings, woodcuts and copperplate engravings he is considered own of the outstanding artists of the Renaissance. Not only did he use woodcuts – a technique he refined considerably – and copperplate engravings in innovative ways, Dürer was also one of the first artists who marked his artworks systematically with a monogram. In addition to his artistic work, Dürer created a series of theoretical treatises, for example on the question of the perspective. He died after a long illness in his birthplace Nuremberg in 1528.


Source:Cincinnati Art Museum Date:16-11-17


Albrecht Dürer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance 

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Viewing hours:
17 November 2017 to 11 February 2018

Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Free admission

Additional information:
Official website