Dürer’s paper triumph, the arch of the Emperor Maximilian

I accidentally came across this exhibition while visiting the China’s Ming Dynasty exhibition at the British Museum.

The main exhibit is a massive 3.5 metres tall woodcut print with dense and spectacular images on 195 woodblocks which took three years to complete.  It was a product of team afford.  Dürer was the chief designer of the individual scenes architectural elements.  The print is one of the largest prints even produced.

The display also features other major print projects associated with Maximilian – Dürer’s striking woodcut portrait of the Emperor and his triumphal chariot, which was to form part of a larger work that was never completed.  detail

I wonder how woodcut can produce such fine and dense cross hatching.  Here is a sample of a part of a print.  It is well worth visiting and it is free too until 16th Nov 2014.  Details see the link here http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/durers_paper_triumph.aspx.

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