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Lecture: Albrecht Dürer and the Rise of Printmaking

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Event organized by Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

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6p reception, Kemper Art Museum
6:30p lecture, Steinberg Auditorium

In conjunction with the exhibition Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection, Michael Roth, curator at the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, will deliver the lecture "Albrecht Dürer and the Rise of Printmaking: From Johannes Gutenberg to Martin Luther."

The second half of the 15th century was an extremely important period for the development of new printmaking techniques, for both image and type, in German-speaking countries in Europe. This technological revolution spanned mediums, including woodcuts and engravings, and was spurred on by Johannes Gutenberg’s innovations with moveable type around 1450. Many artists of the time brought together printed texts and images in books and single sheet publications known as broadsheets. Albrecht Dürer played a significant role in this development; his mastery of visual narratives and his perfection of nascent printing techniques proved to be a great influence on the Reformation era’s lively polemical battle between Protestant followers of Martin Luther and the Catholic Church, in which prints played a defining role.