The Line of Inspiration: Master Prints from Dürer & Rembrandt
The most famous artist of Reformation Germany, Albrecht Dürer was widely known for his paintings, drawings, theoretical writings, and most of all his prints which had a profound influence on 16th century artists both in the German lands north of the Alps and in Italy. Dürer provided a model through which his northern contemporaries could combine their Gothic tradition of interest in naturalistic detail with the theoretical aspects if Italian Renaissance art. He became the main channel through which Italian Renaissance forms and ideas were introduced to the Northern cultures.
Rembrandt van Rijn
In the history of art, Rembrandt stands out as one of the few personalities who has indelibly stamped his influence on posterity. Few, if any, have achieved his mastery of medium combined with significance of expression. His etched subjects are illuminated by a power which speaks universally and timelessly. Throughout the centuries since his death printmakers and print collectors alike have marveled at his unparalleled facility with the etching needle.