Albrecht Dürer was already a superstar when he traveled to the Netherlands a good 500 years ago and also stopped in Aachen. The artist has met God and the world. The journey now comes back to life in the museum.
Aachen (dpa) – The Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen embarks on a journey through 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 stay of around one year in the Rhineland and especially in the Netherlands from 1520 to 1521.
His travel diary as well as the photos taken during this period are presented in 190 exhibitions. “It becomes clear how Dürer lives, who Dürer meets, what inspires Dürer,” promises the museum.
About 90 of his works are visible. 90 other works by contemporaries and successors complete the exhibition.
Dürer (1471-1528) was well known during his lifetime. He visited Antwerp, Brussels, Mechelen, Ghent and the province of Zeeland.
The Nuremberg artist was looking for buyers for his paintings and traveled the strange region 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.
Many lenders include the British Museum in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Louvre in Paris. The exhibition is a cooperation with the National Gallery in London, where it will be presented subsequently.