It is 500 years since Albrecht
Dürer returned from his journey to Aachen to ensure that the pension given him by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I would continue under his successor, Charles V. Not only was the journey successful, but it took him across the low countries, where he was celebrated at every turn and came home more famous than ever before. His own accounts of this journey help us to reconstruct it in detail. He took his own prints with him to sell and give away, received commissions and made sketches. This material, together with works related to his earlier international travels, across Europe and over the alps to Venice, forms the backbone of the exhibition which the National Galley has put together, the first dedicated to this ground-breaking artist to be seen in Britain for over 20 years. This talk will give a room-by-room guide to the exhibition, and illustrate the most significant works which are included.