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Dürer in America: His Graphic Work

April 25 – July 5, 1971
Ground Floor, Central Gallery, Galleries G-7, G-8. G-9 (6,000 sq. ft.)

Albrecht Dürer, Tuft of Cowslips, 1526, gouache on vellum, The Armand Hammer Collection, 1991.217.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 36 of the 38 drawings by Dürer known to be in America were shown, together with 80 engravings and 127 woodcuts by the artist. Also on view were 10 books with woodcut illustrations. These loans came from 32 public and private collections as well as the Rosenwald collection at the National Gallery. Organized by the National Gallery to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist's birth, this was the largest exhibition of its kind ever held in the United States.

Organization: The exhibition was organized and designed by Gaillard F. Ravenel with Charles W. Talbot, assistant professor at Yale University and former Kress fellow, and Jay A. Levenson, graduate student at New York University, Institute of Fine Arts. A technical section, developed by Richard Field of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, included 50 prints with texts and labels dealing with problems of connoisseurship, involving watermarks, paper restoration, and forgeries.

Attendance: 131,235

Catalog: Dürer in America: His Graphic Work, by Charles W. Talbot, notes by Gaillard F. Ravenel and Jay A. Levenson. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1971.

Brochure: Dürer and America. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1971. A special 16-page illustrated essay by Wolfgang Stechow, 1970-1971 Kress Professor, based on his Sunday lecture held on 25 April.

Dürer, Albrecht
German, 1471 - 1528