Here’s another post inspired by the Internet Archive — while browsing recent additions to the site from Brigham Young University I noticed works about Albrecht Durer. Visitors of the Biltmore Estate may remember that one of Durer’s prints is on display in the Music Room in the house.
When I visited the house, this work is certainly one of the ones that left an impression upon me. At approximately 10 x 11 feet, it is hypothesized to be one of the largest woodblock cuts ever produced.
According to the Wikipedia article, there were about 700 prints made from the woodblocks so it’s my guess that this is one of the prints made?
There’s even a genealogy twist here — above the central arch, which is titled “Honour and Might”, there is a genealogy of Maximillian and is represented by a family tree. From the pictures I can see, it seems to be a series of family crests.
Interested in reading more about Durer? The works added to the Internet Archive were:
- Albert Durer by T. Sturge Moore
- Albert Durer, His Life and Works (Vol. 1) by Moriz Thausig
- Der Junge Durer – by Kurt Pfister (in German)
- Dürer : des Meisters Gemälde, Kupferstiche und Holzschnitte in 471 Abbildungen – by Valentin Scherer (in German)
- Albert Durer – by Auguste Marguillier (in French)
- Durer – by Herbert Furst