- 6.125 x 9.25.
- 117 B&W photographs in text, 8 color photograph section.
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Albrecht Dürer witnessed and represented some of the most momentous events in early modern European history—the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation and, prior to that, the innovations, both religious and cultural, of the Renaissance humanist movement. In addition to a fresh evaluation of the career of the most significant artist in German cultural history, this book presents a history of the religious reforms taking root in the early northern Renaissance, especially among the intellectual avant-garde. In general, Dürer conceptualized Martin Luther's movement as part of the larger matrix of theological and religious reforms grounded in the humanist study of early Christianity. Because Dürer was the first northern artist to attempt to alter the style of medieval religious devotions to reflect the new concerns of the Renaissance, he gave visual form to some of the most significant changes in Christian culture.
Richly illustrated and written in a style that is accessible to undergraduates and general readers, Albrecht Dürer's Renaissance is a contribution in equal measure to art history and church history.
David Hotchkiss Price, a specialist in Renaissance cultural and ecclesiastical history, has broken new ground with this comprehensive analysis of Renaissance humanism as the foundation for Dürer's religious art and, in particular, for Dürer's reception of the Reformation and Renaissance humanist movements. Price also offers an innovative study of the relationships between text and image and a pioneering assessment of the representation of Jews in Dürer's religious art. The result is a fresh and challenging new perspective on the life and work of Albrecht Dürer.
"Price offers us something new...Price's work is thus a compelling example of the synergistic potential of interdisciplinary works. Indeed, it is an exquisitely illustrated book, and written with such eloquence and at such a high level of scholarship that it deserves recognition as a masterpiece in its own right."
—Andrew L. Thomas, H-Net