Dürer's Apocalypse woodcuts star in Word and Image: Early Modern Treasures at UCL

By Culture24 Reporter | 07 September 2011
An image of a black and white drawing of a 15th century man in regal robes
© UCL Art Museum
Exhibition: Word and Image: Early Modern Treasures at UCL, UCL Art Museum, London, September 15 – December 16 2011

German painter, printmaker, mathematician and thinker Albrecht Dürer is celebrated for his series, The Apocalypse, based on various scenes from the late 15th century Book of Revelation.

An image of a black and white drawing of a man praying to a sun on stilts
Albrecht Durer’s, St John Swallowing the Book, from The Apocalypse© UCL Art Museum
The most famous of the woodcuts remains The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but the set of 15 woodcuts achieved notoriety across Europe at the time, as well as freeing the artist from the orders of his commissioners and allowing the angelically-haired theorist to concentrate on the engravings he loved.

Based on themes of travel, translation, goods and ideas, this exhibition offers original version of the woodcuts and their precursor, The Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493.

Jesuit missionaries in China donning local dress, early dictionaries and travel tomes, remnants of the Grand Tour and a 17th century history of Lapland (“complete with pictures of skiers”) also feature in a show beguiling for the rarity of its contents.

  • Open Monday-Friday 1pm-5pm. Admission free.
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