Albrecht Dürer changed the way we saw the world. From his prints of the Apocalypse in 1498, the first works mass-produced by an artist, to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, Dürer proved art is a time-machine.
Author, presenter and curator Philip Hoare’s new book ‘Albert & the Whale’ is a wide ranging yet personal meditation on Dürer's life and art. We encounter Medieval alchemists and Modernist poets, eccentric emperors and enigmatic stars. And as he swims through his story, prophetic artists and fallen angels ask awkward questions. What’s real or make-believe? Does art have the power to save us? 500 years on, Dürer is still waiting for the answer.
In the context of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Dürer's Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist, Philip Hoare presents from his book and is joined by Susan Foister, Deputy Director and Curator of the exhibition, for concluding questions.
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Philip Hoare is the author of nine works of non-fiction. His 'Leviathan or, The Whale' won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, and his latest book, 'Albert & the Whale', was published earlier this year to critical acclaim. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, and co-curator, with Angela Cockayne, of the digital projects www.mobydickbigread.com and www.ancientmarinerbigread.com.