Albert and the Whale
From his apocalyptic 1498 prints to his hyper-realistic images of flora and fauna, Dürer was an artist with a powerful vision. In this book, award-winning author of Leviathan, or The Whale, Philip Hoare sets out on a voyage to discover why Dürer’s art is so enduring.
The 16th-century artist died of a malarial infection he caught when he travelled to New Zealand in the hopes of seeing a stranded sperm whale. Hoare traces the fate of the leviathan that the artist pursued, moving from Europe to America and beyond. On his journey, he encounters medieval alchemists, eccentric emperors, queer soul rebels, and enigmatic pop stars.
This adventurous book asks some pertinent questions about nature, art and mortality. The author witnesses the birth of Dürer’s fantastical rhinoceros and his hermaphroditic hare as he moves across continents, recalling witty accounts of amazing cultural lives and the beauty of nature.
|Dimensions||14.1 cm x 2.8 cm x 22.2 cm|
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