Durer: Humanist, Mystic and Tourist

JUST 500 years ago, Albrecht Dürer was born in Nuremberg. The anniversary has been the signal for a flurry of commemorative exhibitions across the world. In the U.S., the most impressive is a magnificent survey of Dürer's graphic work (36 drawings and 207 etchings, engravings and woodcuts) at the National Gallery in Washington.

Protean Richness. The tributes are, of course, deserved. Dürer was the greatest artist in German history, and his birth now seems the only internationally memorable event (apart from the war-crimes tribunal of 1945) that took place in Nuremberg. By adapting the...

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