Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist

by Team ACF

From 20 November 2021

National Gallery, London

According to the National Gallery, this is the first exhibition to examine how travel impacted the career of the pioneering 15th-century German artist Albrecht Dürer — who famously criss-crossed the Alps exporting the Italian Renaissance to northern Europe.

The show offers a chance to get up close to some masterpieces, including Christ among the Doctors (on loan from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid), which was supposedly painted over the course of five days in Venice as a gift for Giovanni Bellini, and the sublime Madonna and Child (from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.), in which Dürer marries Netherlandish devotional imagery with Venetian modelling and colours. The latter has never been on view in the UK before.

Albrecht Dürer, Christ among the Doctors, 1506. Oil on panel. 64.3 x 80.3 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (1934.38). Photo: © Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

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