Dürer: The Making of a Renaissance Master

Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) combined an unparalleled virtuosity as painter and draftsman with an innovative approach to printmaking. He also possessed a shrewd entrepreneurial sense, and an ability to portray subjects and issues that appealed to the general public and the highest-ranking patrons alike – including the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I. These factors ensured his lasting reputation as the most important and influential artist of the Renaissance in northern Europe.

This exhibition, exploring how Dürer made his name, features his finest works from the Royal Collection. It includes one of only two paintings by Dürer – and the sole portrait – in the UK, along with rare drawings and iconic prints.

The exhibition is the fifth in an annual collaborative series with Royal Collection Trust, curated by Masters’ students from the University of Birmingham’s Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies.

  • Watch an introductory video about the exhibition featuring some of the student curators – Mariia Avramova, Hannah Bergstedt, Katie Price and Harry Sharp (voice-over) – with the Barber’s Deputy Director (Collections and Research), Robert Wenley…

17 June – 25 September 2022