The Easel

Albrecht Dürer: The painter with ‘a magic touch’

The Albertina has a “once in a lifetime” exhibition of Dürer works. Perhaps history’s finest ever draftsman, he was also astute in using ravishing detail to serve a larger narrative. Dürer’s “miracle” portrait of a hare is without background, transforming it into “something mystical … a fiery figment of the imagination”. Concludes one writer “the Renaissance does not belong entirely to the Italians”. A video (3 min) is here.