‘Exhibit showcases German artist’s version of saintly and secular female subjects’

The National Catholic Reporter

July 29th, 2014 by 

Detail of Melancholia I by Albrecht Dürer

In an article for the National Catholic Reporter, Amanda Luyster, visual arts lecturer at the College of the Holy Cross, offers insight into the art work of Albrecht Dürer, in light of a new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art titled “Dürer’s Women: Images of Devotion & Desire.” The exhibit includes more than  50 works by Dürer featuring female subjects, both secular and religious. As Dürer repeatedly depicted the Virgin, as well as his own mother and wife, Luyster offers: “One of the things that attract me to Dürer’s women is that he shows us so many different kinds of women, just as there are so many different kinds of women in real life.”

Dürer’s depictions of women are “intelligent, complex and immensely appealing,” says Luyster. “Whether through sin, through love, or through the intellect, Dürer’s women have the power to captivate us and to provide a glimpse of the rich and shifting world that Dürer and other real men and women inhabited around the year 1500.”  Additionally, Luyster adds to the discussion of Dürer’s religious influences, both Catholic and Lutheran, saying Dürer “thought deeply about his own religiosity and wrote passionately about his own beliefs, including his conviction that art could and should continue to play a role in expressing faith.”

This is a “Holy Cross in the News” item by Evangelia Stefanakos.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

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