The London gallery has announced details for its Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist exhibition, set to open on the 6th March 2021.

Albrecht Dürer A Lion, 1494  © Photo Scala, Florence/bpk, Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin / photo: Christoph Irrgang.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist is set to be the first major UK exhibition that will display a wide range of the artist’s work as a painter, draughtsman and printmaker for nearly twenty years.

With most of the works that will be included in the display having never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition will concentrate on the artist through his travels bringing the visitor closer to the man himself and the people and places he visited. This will be explored through over a hundred paintings, drawings, prints and documents loaned from museums and private collections worldwide.

Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist will chronicle the artist’s journeys to the Alps and Italy in the mid-1490s; to Venice in 1505–7; and to the Low Countries 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.   

Highlights of the exhibition will include Christ among the Doctors, 1506, (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid), Saint Jerome, 1521, (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon), Portrait of a Man, 1521 (Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid) and a double-sided painting of a Madonna and Child, about 1496–9 (National Gallery of Art, Washington).

Talking about the exhibition, Dr Susan Foister, Deputy Director of the National Gallery, London, and Curator of the exhibition said: “Dürer’s art knew no boundaries, neither territorial nor intellectual. Through his journeys he came into contact with artists, people and places in ways that fuelled his curiosity and creativity, and that increased his fame and influence.  His reputation as the most innovative printmaker of his time preceded him. His constant, questing intellectual curiosity opened up fruitful exchanges with artists in the north and south of Europe. Uniquely for his time, Dürer recorded aspects of his life not only in his art but also through letters and journals. His voice resonates across five centuries to speak to us today.”

The exhibition is organised by the National Gallery, London, and the Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, whose Dürer exhibition (18 July – 24 October 2021) will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the journeys the artist made to the city in 1520 and 1521. 

Dürer’s Journeys – Travels of a Renaissance Artist will be on display from the 6th March until the 13th June 2021.