At Gaudí Exhibition Center we begin the year with a new temporary exhibition dedicated to the Renaissance artist Albert Dürer (Nuremberg,1471-1528). The exhibition, Durer: the master of the Renaissance shows a collection of engravings. We can enjoy the first artworks of the artists and the pieces that lead him to success. Dürer became the maximum exponent of the engraving-painters of his era, he explored the limits of the technique and the iconography like no one had ever done before.
As a child, Dürer demonstrated his abilities in the artistic works helping his dad who was a goldsmithing craftsman. He was passionate and had an innate talent. He stood out in xylography, which was wood engraving although he also did oil painting. His learning years were leaded by craftsmanship, but the artist wanted to master the engraving technique using a copper burin, this way he achieved an excellent minuosity and detail.
He immediately became an international artist, when he was only twenty years old, he travelled to Italy and moved through the artistic groups of Venice. This leaded him to have several assignments from different monarchies and churches in Europe. It is necessary to highlight that Dürer was the plastic representant of the nordic Renaissance and the lutheran reform, that’s why we see a different way to represent christian scenes. He adopted a different characterization compared to the Catholic trends in Italy, France or Spain.
If we focus on Gaudí, just like Durer, he had an artisan education. The architect considered craftsmanship as an art itself and he also collaborated with many craftsman in his works. Both artist were referents in their styles and shared a subject: christianity. Adam and Eve, the Virgin Mary and the Apocalipsis were some of his recurrent topics of representation.
You can not miss the opportunity to enjoy this new temporary exhibition were you’ll discover sixteen engravings from a private collection that illustrate the passion of Jesus Christ. In addition, the exhibition is designed as a short walk through the Gothic Quarter because the artworks are distributed in three places: the Reial Cercle Artístic, the Capitular room in the Barcelona Cathedral and our museum, the Gaudí Exhibition Center, also called Museu Diocesà.
Piece: Christ with Pilatus, 1512. Copper burin, engraving.