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.