Dürer's Lost Masterpiece: Art and Society at the Dawn of a Global World


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Oxford University Press, USA
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7.8 X 9.4 X 1.7 inches | 2.7 pounds

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About the Author

Ulinka Rublack, Professor of Early Modern European History, Cambridge University

Ulinka Rublack is a professor of history at Cambridge University and St John´s College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her work as a historian and her book The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler´s Fight for his Mother (OUP, 2015) were recognised with Germany´s most prestigious prize for historians, the Deutsche Historikerpreis. Rublack has published widely on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture as well as on methodological concerns. Her books are translated into six languages, and her book on Kepler inspired an opera, a film, a novel, musicals, and theatre plays.


"Ulinka Rublack's new book successfully combines a close reading of the sources for the life and work of Albrecht Dürer with a wide-ranging account of art as a luxury commodity at a time when the trade in luxuries was going global." -- Peter Burke, Emmanuel College Cambridge

"Ulinka Rublack masterfully recontextualizes Albrecht Dürer's lost Heller Altarpiece, it production, and its fate. Yet her fascinating account is equally about German material culture, the rise of artistic advisors and agents, notably Hans Fugger and Philipp Hainhofer, the emerging global marketplace, and discerning collectors in Bavaria and England. Rublack recenters German creativity and tastes within the broader movement of art, ideas, and individuals across Europe." -- Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Kay Fortson Chair in European Art and Professor, University of Texas, Austin

"A stunning achievement by a historian at the pinnacle of her craft-at once a sensitive portrait of Dürer's emotional life that allows us to understand as a whole his desire to show what he could do with and for art at a time of transformative change and conflict in German society, and a vivid depiction of the merchants and nobles locked in fateful embrace who fueled the burgeoning world of global commerce, awash in material things and exotica, and who made Dürer who he was both in his day and in ours. Quite simply a tour de force." -- Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University

"Ulinka Rublack's fascinating study reminds us of this rich interconnectedness of people, ideas, and the material world during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries." -- Jeffrey Chipps Smith, University of Texas, Austin, Historian of Netherlandship Art Reviews

"Ambitious and impressive... a remarkable story." -- Peter Marshall, Literary Review

"[Dürer's Lost Masterpiece] lays out methodically, with academic brilliance, the marketplace, techno-aware basis of the 'Dürer Renaissance' and the artist's rise to immortal fame. With a glorious accumulation of detail, assiduous research...a deluxe book." -- Philip Hoare, The Spectator

"Illuminating... In [Rublack's] hands, the narrative of Dürer's success...becomes something far more nuanced... A novel biography of an artist." -- Francesca Peacock, Prospect

"An outstanding portrayal of the merchant as a creative agent and a remarkable contribution to the history of the European art market as a whole." -- Jenny Uglow, New York Review of Books

"A rich cornucopia of the period, when art was joining exotic shells, potions, and unguents as an international commodity ... it has much to tell about how Dürer and his contemporaries lived." -- David Platzer, New Criterion