Dürer's European odyssey helps him defy boundaries
Evening Standard|November 16, 2021
Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist National Gallery
Melanie McDonagh

IN MOST art galleries, paintings are grouped for convenience by nationality — so in the Renaissance section, the Italians are divided by city state, the Low Countries are separated from the Germans. But what these perfectly useful divisions don’t do is account for the way an artist like Albrecht Dürer jumped the boundaries and would leave his home city of Nuremberg to travel to Venice, Aachen, the Netherlands. In fact, it’s downright disconcerting to think that Dürer encountered Raphael and Bellini. But travel Dürer did.

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