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Dürer: An Artist for All Germans

Neil MacGregor focuses on the work of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), arguing that he is the defining artist of Germany, his image - and his self-image - known to all Germans.

Neil MacGregor focuses on the work of Dürer (1471-1528), arguing that he is the defining artist of Germany, his image - and his self-image - known to all Germans. He was a new kind of artist, clearly fascinated by himself, and the first great artist in Europe to paint so many self-portraits. He embodies the Renaissance idea of the artist as a hero and a star, the artist of a new world and a new technology. Dürer was also the first artist to sell his work widely throughout Europe.

Producer Paul Kobrak.

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