NEWS: National Gallery Announces Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist Exhibition

The National Gallery will present this major exhibition to the  Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 2021.

Albrecht Dürer, Lot and His Daughters, about 1496–9,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.2.16.b
Image courtesy of the Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

The National Gallery has announced details of its exhibition focusing on the work of Albrecht Dürer, set to open to the public in 2021.

Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist  will be the first major display of the artist’s work in the UK for nearly twenty years, highlighting his work in a wide range of media including painting and prints.

This new exhibition will also focus on the artist through his travels with the aim to bring visitors closer to the man as well as the people and places he encountered along the way.

Throughout the display, Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist will chart the Nuremberg-born artist’s journeys to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s; to Venice in 1505–7; and to the Netherlands in 1520–1, journeys which brought him into contact with artists and fuelled his curiosity and creativity as well as increasing his fame and influence.  

It will begin with introducing Dürer and Nuremberg before showing his very first travels as an artist in training and then his first major journey to the Alps and Italy. Highlights of the exhibition will include some of his early studies of human proportion and visitors will experience how Dürer’s career developed in the years following his return to Nuremberg when he created the engravings which have become some of his best known works such as the Melancholia and Saint Jerome. It will also include portraits and some of his drawings in which Dürer recorded the people, places and animals he saw. 

Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist will be on display at the National Gallery in 2021.  

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