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on 23 July 2012
the Phaidon series on the most important artists here focus on Durer with for me mixed results. the colour reproductions lack the present day high quality sheen you might find in Taschen art books or Thames and Hudson with many reproductions of Durer's work looking decidly lacklustre. text accompanies each featured work on the opposite page , but is small + hard to read. highlights in the Phaidon collection of selelected works are for me, Durer's startling + deliberate Messiah -like self-portraits + engravings ("melancolie" is amongst them here). the phaidon edition on Caravaggio also suffers similary from lack-lustre reproductions of works.

the book is fairly sizeable at approx 12" x 10" but slim (127 pages only) but much of the space is not utilised well so the books could actually be somewhat smaller without loss of impact. the introduction/ overview is fairly good but historical certainties on this German painter appear to e a little vague. This important multifacted Northern Renaissance artist's legacy (who allegedly influenced contemporary artist Bill Viola) deserves better i feel. 3 stars going on 4.
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