Albrecht Dürer (1471 1528), Nemesis (the great Fortune) c.1502

Albrecht Dürer and 16th century German printmaking 

This exhibition has now finished touring.

Albrecht Dürer is considered one of the greatest printmakers of all time, admired for his technical brilliance and innovation, and for his bold imaginative approach. His work was inspired by the social and religious upheavals of the Protestant Reformation, by classical stories, and by his own interpretation of Biblical texts.

Dürer bridged the gap between the Gothic tradition of art in northern Europe and the new ideas of the Renaissance in the south, and drew on both influences in his printmaking. In his woodcuts and engravings he used ‘dynamic calligraphy’ – complex combinations of curved lines that swelled and tapered, defining light and shade, and giving surface texture. His system of cross-hatched lines convincingly depicted shape and form, giving the human body a sculptural quality. 

Dürer's innovations distinguish his work from that of his German predecessors. His influence is evident in the work of his followers, such as Barthel and Hans Sebald Beham, Heinrich Aldegrever, Albrecht Altdorfer, Georg Pencz, and Jacob Binck.

Following on from the North Island tour of Rembrandt The Experimental Etcher, Te Papa is proud to present a selection of 26 works for tour to South Island venues.

Touring schedule


Dates  Venues  City
26 June – 8 August 2010 Dunedin Public Art Gallery  Dunedin 
16 October – 28 November 2010  Forrester Gallery  Oamaru 
11 December 2010 – 23 January 2011 Ashburton Art Gallery  Ashburton 
5 February – 20 March 2011  Eastern Southland Gallery  Gore