Albrecht Dürer was already a superstar when he traveled through the Netherlands a good 500 years ago and also stopped in Aachen. The artist met God and the world. The journey is now coming back to life in the museum.
The Suermondt Ludwig Museum in Aachen embarks on a journey back in time 500 years ago.
The exhibition “Dürer was here – A journey becomes a legend” (July 18 to October 24) describes the painter Albrecht Dürer’s approximately one year stay in the Rhineland and especially in the Netherlands from 1520-21.
His travel diary as well as the pictures taken during that time are presented in 190 exhibits. “You can see how Dürer lives, who Dürer meets, what inspires Dürer,” promises the museum.
About 90 of his works can be seen. Another 90 works by contemporaries and successors round off the exhibition.
Dürer (1471-1528) was already well known during his lifetime. He toured Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, Ghent and the province of Zeeland.
The artist from Nuremberg was looking for buyers for his pictures and looked around the strange area as a tourist. He met the powerful and the colleagues. The exhibition also presents works by Quinten Massys, Joos van Cleve, Jan Gossart, Bernard van Orley and Hans Holbein.
The many lenders include the British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. The show is a cooperation with the National Gallery in London, where it will be shown afterwards.