Dürer and Italy

Black and white print of Adam and Eve with the serpent

'Adam and Eve' by Dürer

28 May - 26 September 2010

Free admission

Masterpiece prints by Albrecht Dürer, one of the great Renaissance artists, are featured in this exhibition highlighting the influence of his work.

Engraved classics by the Nuremberg artist are on show alongside Italian works by Dürer's contemporaries. The exhibition features a total of 24 prints including 11 by Dürer with his well-known images 'The Fall of Man (Adam and Eve)', 'The Prodigal Son' and 'Melancholia'. Wenceslas Hollar's famous etching of Dürer, after the self-portrait in the Prado art gallery, Spain, is also included.

You can zoom in on an image of 'Melancholia' here, to get an idea of the amazing detail in Dürer's work.

Dürer is often considered to be the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance and these wonderful prints demonstrate how his influence reached in his lifetime and beyond. His engravings present figures and landscapes of unparalleled beauty that rapidly became highly fashionable, especially in Italy.

Dürer (1471 - 1528) was the first great artist to achieve fame through prints. You can find out more about Dürer and his career on our 'About the artist' page.


A loan exhibition from the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, University of Glasgow. All images are © Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, University of Glasgow.

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