Albrecht Dürer: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Durer - blogWashington College always offers many great and interesting talks. Experts and scholars come form all over the country to share their knowledge. Events and talks cover everything from politics to history, and are very insightful. No matter how much you know about a topic you will always leave with more knowledge!

This evening art historian Jeffrey Chipps Smith delighted the Washington College community by giving a lecture. The title of his lecture “Dürer on the Museum,” was actually to be taken quite literally. The famed 15th century German artist, Albrecht Dürer, has many statues, sculptures, and even his name on the entrances and sides of museums across the world. Albrecht Dürer is thought by many to have embodied the Northern Renaissance, and thus, has the privilege (along with many other famous artists) to have a place on the outside of museums. This aspect of the museums gives its visitors an idea of the works of art they will see on the inside. Museums are not only a place to show art but are also a work of art themselves!

How could one man have such an impact and be in so many works of art both on museums and off? Albrecht Dürer was a role model! He was a skilled craftsman, a genius, a scientist, and one of Europe’s greatest artists. Dürer was also religious and spiritual, which his why many people from all over Europe admired him. His work touched many people and addressed many issues. Even his darker work had much to do with his life.

Meghan Dulin’ 17 recently did an art project on Albrecht Dürer and his work. She took imagines of his work and put them all together. They are arranged in order based off of popularity and are accompanied by a song. As the pictures change to his darker work, which represents events in his life, the music switches to “Kyoto” by Skrillex. This project is a very good and insightful interpretation of Albrecht Dürer and his work.

Check out Meghan’s project on her YouTube page! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBzFGASEeLs

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo Source http://www.artyfactory.com/art_appreciation/animals_in_art/durer/durer.jpg

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