It has been decades since so many works by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) have been seen in one place: thanks to valuable international loans, Vienna’s ALBERTINA Museum—itself home to numerous world-famous icons of drawing by Dürer including the Hare, Praying Hands, and Large Piece of Turf – will be presenting over 200 examples of Dürer’s drawings, printed graphics, and paintings in autumn 2019. Upon its reopening in 2003, it was with an exhibition of works by Albrecht Dürer that the ALBERTINA Museum ended up welcoming a total of half a million visitors. And now, a selection of over 100 drawings, a dozen paintings, personal writings, and other rare documents will present the oeuvre of this Renaissance genius more comprehensively than ever before.
The Historical Collection of the ALBERTINA Museum
The ALBERTINA Museum holds the world’s most important collection of Albrecht Dürer’s drawings, a collection that numbers nearly 140 works. The historical background of the museum’s Dürer holdings is likewise a matter of special significance: their provenance can be traced back to 1528 without any gaps, with this group of works from the artist’s workshop having thus been together for nearly 500 years. The museum’s holdings hence also offer a uniquely ideal starting point from which to learn about Dürer’s personal, early-humanist concept of art.
International Loan Works Brought Together
For this once-in-a-century exhibition, the ALBERTINA Museum has succeeded in uniting important works from international lenders: the Adoration of the Magi from the Uffizi, the unsettling and unsparing self-portrait of a naked Albrecht Dürer from Weimar, Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, Christ among the Doctors from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, and what is possibly Dürer’s most handsome male portrait from the neighboring Museo del Prado. Furthermore, the ALBERTINA Museum is also presenting the late paintings from the artist’s final journey to the Netherlands with all of the studies on which they are known to be based.