Art Lovers Book Club: Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Durer and How Art Imagines Our World by Philip Hoare
In 1520, Albrecht Dürer, the most celebrated artist in Northern Europe, sailed to Zeeland to see a whale. Dürer was the first artist to truly employ the power of reproduction. He reinvented the way people looked at, and understood, art. He painted signs and wonders; comets, devils, horses, nudes, dogs, and blades of grass so accurately that even today they seem hyper-real, utterly modern images. Most startling and most modern of all, he painted himself, at every stage of his life.
Albert and the Whale explores the work of this remarkable man through a personal lens.