The History of the Life of Albrecht Dürer of Nürnberg

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 288 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I. JOURNEY TO THE NETHERLANDS IN 1520. Two years after his journey to Augsburg in 1518 Diirer undertook another and a far more important journey to the Netherlands. The object that he had in view in this journey has been very differently stated by his various biographers, most of whom frame elaborate hypotheses to account for that which after all does not need much explanation. Thus most of the early writers on Diirer tell us that he went to the Netherlands to escape from the bitter tongue of his wife, some of them even going so far as to add that he did not let her know where he had gone, and that consequently she wrote moving epistles to Pirkheimer begging him to intercede with her husband, and promising to behave better in the future if he would only return to her. But considering that Diirer himself states, in the very first line of his journal, that he took his wife with him, and that she is repeatedly mentioned throughout it, this imputed reason for his journey is scarcely worthy of much attention, although, strange to say, it met with very general acceptation, and has been repeated by one writer after another since Arend, the author of one of the earliest accounts we have of Diirer, first started the scandal. After it was discovered that Arend was unworthy of credit, critics seem to have been puzzled to find a motive for the visit; some affirming that it was undertaken with a view of selling his works to greater advantage, and others that he had no other object than pleasure. But I think, if we attentively consider the perplexity into which Diirer was thrown at the death of Maximilian by the determined refusal of a "Provident Rath" to pay the money that the deceased Emperor owed him until the new Emperor had confirmed the debt (see p. 151 et sq.), ...

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