Passion and Power: German Prints in the Age of Dürer

Friday February 5, 2016 - Thursday March 3, 2016


Passion and Power: German Prints in the Age of Dürer

Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), The Four Horsemen, 1498, from The Apocalypse. Woodcut. Gift of George W. Davison, 1939.D1.128. Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center (photo: R. Lee).

Passion and Power: German Prints in the Age of Dürer presents more than 80 prints and rare books from the permanent collection of the Davison Art Center and the Wesleyan University Library, including 33 prints by Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) as well as prints by his contemporaries Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472–1553) and the “Little Masters”—Hans Sebald Beham (German, 1500–1550) and Georg Pencz (German, ca. 1500–1550). Arranged thematically, the exhibition explores the fascination with the Apocalypse, printmaking and the rise of the Reformation, the use of prints as propaganda for Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, and the new interest in scientific observation and the natural world.

Passion and Power takes the viewer back to a time of tumultuous change accelerated by the spread of printed images and printed books. The exhibition was curated by Wesleyan University students Flora Donovan ’16, Rachel Earnhardt ’17, Julia Goetze, Parker Green ’16, Lara Hetzel ’17, Melissa Joskow ’18, Amanda Larsen ’18, Daniel Lee ’16, Sharifa Lookman ’17, Anna Model ’16, Page Nelson ’17, Penny Snyder ’16, and Madeline Woods ’16. The students were enrolled in ARHA 360, Museum Studies, taught by Clare Rogan, Curator of the Davison Art Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art History.

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5:00-7:00 pm
Gallery talk by student curators, 5:00 pm
Free of charge and open to the public

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Virgil and Juwil Topazio Lecture
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
Cutting Remarks II: Thoughts on the Woodblocks Used by Albrecht Dürer and His Contemporaries to Print Their Woodcuts
Richard S. Field, Curator Emeritus of Prints and Drawings, Yale University Art Gallery
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)

Thursday, February 18, 2016, noon - 2:00 pm
Passion and Power, Prints and Text: German Books in the Age of Dürer
Open house in Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library
Free of charge and open to the public
German artists in the age of Dürer disseminated their images through a variety of means, including as illustrations in books and pamphlets. Examples of the interplay of text and image will be available for browsing.

For more events, please visit the FDAC Website.