Albrecht Dürer’s House in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany

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‘It can be said without exaggeration that the history of painting would remain unchanged had Dürer never touched a brush and a palette, but that the first five years of his independent work as an engraver and woodcut designer sufficed to revolutionise the graphic arts.’

Erwin Panofsky, 1943

Albrecht Dürer is one of the great Renaissance artists. His home was in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, which at the time was a free city, and the center of Renaissance Art in Germany.

Today the house is a museum. In this post I will show some photos I have taken during my visit there.

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Dürer purchased the house in 1509.

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First known engraving to show the house (1714) Source: Wikipedia

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Photo showing the house (between 1860 and 1875). Source: Wikipedia

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A 1909 photograph of the house. Source: Wikipedia

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The house after the 1944 bombing of Nuremberg. Source: Wikipedia

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

Today the restored house is a museum.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

Do not expect to see any works of art inside. There aren’t any.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

The house itself is the item on exhibition.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

You get transferred to the 16th century Germany.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

If there are spirits and Durer’s spirit is in the neighborhood, you get to say hello. But even if there aren’t, the place has an aura.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

Best to go when it opens so that there are not many people around.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

The space is limited, and the noise and clatter dissipate the effect of the space and the artifacts.

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The top of a stove – Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

As I was going around, I was wondering. “How many servants did Durer have?”

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

 

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

How many days per year on average did he spend in the house? Durer was traveling a lot in his peak period.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

The atelier of the master is a disappointment. The over enthusiastic curators have created a space that looks more unreal than real.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

There is a huge printing press in the middle, where demonstrations are made.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

Maybe this is what the visitors want to see.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

But not me.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

As my tour around the house ends, I find myself in the kitchen.

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Albrecht Durer’s House in Nuremberg. Photo by N. Moropoulos

Time to go.

As I exit the house I cannot help but feel the joy of having met in an indirect way the great master.

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