Nürnberg, Germany: National Museum and Albrecht Dürer House


Nuernberg’s
Germanic National Museum is dedicated to sharing
the cultural history of the German-speaking world. For German history buffs,
this museum alone — with a vast and gorgeously
presented collection — makes a visit to Nuernberg
worthwhile. When it comes
to Germany’s reputation for fine craftsmanship, its passion for quality
goes way back. These finely crafted, centuries-old
precision instruments were intricate, innovative,
and artful. This is the world’s oldest
surviving globe, crafted by a Nuernberger. Since it dates from 1492,
the Americas are missing. While they understood
that the world was round, the Western Hemisphere was still just
a huge and mysterious sea. The delicate,
wooden “Nuernberg Madonna” is also 500 years old. This intimate, anonymous carving
of the favorite hometown girl was a symbol of the city
for centuries. The German painter Lucas Cranach was famous for portraits
of his contemporaries, like the great German reformer
Martin Luther. Cranach also painted poignant
psychological studies — paintings that came
with a message. In “The Ill-Matched Couple,” the lecherous old man thinks
he’s got the young maiden. But she looks knowingly
out at us as if to say “he’s a fool,
and he’ll get nowhere with me.” The great painter Albrecht Duerer worked in Nuernberg
around the year 1500. This is a self-portrait
of that ultimate German artist. Duerer, who was
from the same generation as Michelangelo and Leonardo, was in tune
with the Renaissance. He was a genius
with a curious mind, a love of nature,
and a passion for realism. After traveling to Italy and seeing how artists were
becoming well-paid and respected, rather than anonymous laborers, he returned to Germany bringing the spirit
of the Renaissance with him. He painted this portrait
of his mother when he was a teenager. While just 19, his passion for realistic detail
is already apparent. This painting of Duerer’s teacher was done
after his experience in Italy. Its realism was unprecedented
in Germany, and it’s signed. Again, now the artist
will be respected, and he proudly included
his initials, A.D. Duerer was a master
at producing engravings from finely etched
metal plates. The detail and realism,
a trademark of Duerer, is extraordinary. As he was famous
in his own time, and because many prints could be
made from a single master plate and therefore sold affordably, the engraving technique
enabled Duerer to become the first best-selling artist
in history. And he made a lot of money — enough to purchase
this impressive mansion beneath the castle. Today, it’s a fine museum about the life of perhaps
Germany’s greatest painter. A visit here includes a workshop where you can learn about
Duerer’s craft. It’s with these tools that the artist engraves
an image into the copper plate. Visitors are treated
to a demonstration of making a print
from the plate. The subject is a hare. Duerer was famous for his vivid
portrayals of the natural world. -Wow. -To be able to enjoy such beautiful,
yet mass-produced art must have been a marvel
500 years ago.

15 thoughts on “Nürnberg, Germany: National Museum and Albrecht Dürer House

  1. It is highly informative. It depicts a real journey during renaissance. The museum is a vivid description of the days in the past. Thank you Steve for uploading 😊

  2. Here's a link to a repro image of the globe. https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~291869~90063414:Composite–Globe-Gores-1—4–Marti

  3. Earth is Flat. Objects many miles away remain entirely visible when at that distance the alleged curvature should be obstructing the line of sight. Simple as that.

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