Art: Total D

One of the world's most distinguished art historians last fortnight published the year's soundest, handsomest, most massive (eight and a half pounds) art book. The historian is 51-year-old German-born Erwin Panofsky, of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, N.J. The book is Albrecht Dürer (Princeton University Press; $20), a two-volume analytical study of Germany's great post-medieval engraver, painter, art theorist. It is the most useful and enlightening Dürer monograph yet to appear.

Historian Panofsky has studied Dürer ever since his German student days, has worked on this book for the last two...

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