The Life and Art of Albrecht Deurer
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Life and Art of Albrecht Deurer by Erwin Panofsky
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691122762
(260mm x 184mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Erwin Panofsky
Perspective as Symbolic Form, Paperback (January 1997)
Erwin Panofsky's Perspective as Symbolic Form is one of the great works of modern intellectual history, the legendary text that has dominated all art historical and philosophical discussions on the topic of perspective in this century.
Abbot Suger on the Abbey Church of St. Denis and Its Art Treasures, Paperback (May 1979)
Incorporates the additions and corrections recorded by Erwin Panofsky until the time of his death in 1968.
Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art, Paperback (May 1972)
Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art spans the period from the 10th to the 15th century, discussing the many "reanscences" that came before and led up to the Renaissance in the 14th century
Studies in Iconology, Paperback (February 1972)» View all books by Erwin Panofsky
In Studies in Iconology, the themes and concepts of Renaissance art are analysed and related to both classical and medieval tendencies.
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Author Biography - Erwin Panofsky
Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968) taught at the University of Hamburg, New York University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. Jeffrey Chipps Smith is Kay Fortson Chair in European Art at the University of Texas, Austin. His books include "Sensuous Worship" (Princeton).
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