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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 July 2009
This review is from: The Complete Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints of Albrecht Dürer. (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)
This is a superb collection of some of the finest graphic work in Western art. Each plate is given its own page, with a facing commentary, and is reproduced in exquisite detail. Almost all are in the original sizes.
This book is an absolute snip.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed engraving analysis, 10 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: The Complete Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints of Albrecht Dürer. (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)
This book is of SOME of Durer's work. not a complete set. It may be the complete set in a given collection.

Perhaps earlier prints were on better paper and higher quality, but the current print-run (Second edition 1973, print-date unknown) could be better quality. Actual printing is average to poor. Considering just how minute some of the originals were, a much-better, smoother paper would be required than that used in this book. I an trying to reproduce Durers technique in ink-pen, and appreciate just how good and tiny were some of these works. The reproduction plates used in the book were perhaps a bit too dark and smudge too much to be regarded as a definitive work. Then again I have not seen the originals. Looking at these plates, one is left with the impression that Durer was ultra-short sighted and a brilliant artist.

Martin Macrae
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, 6 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: The Complete Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints of Albrecht Dürer. (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)
As MacRae says, this isn't 'complete' - the famous Rhinoceros isn't in here, for example, and someone who actually knew about Durer (unlike me) might be able to point out more. The 'original' pieces are typically rather small, so it's somehow satisfying to be able to see everything full size (unlike in books for most painters); as far as I can tell from a brief glance through, the reproductions given are adequate for most purposes, though they don't seem to be exceptional. (This is again where it is difficult to speak, not knowing much about the topic - perhaps Durer's etchings were just all like this anyway!). The facing commentary on each image is pretty limited and unimaginative, to the point where I'm worried it will infect my thinking; exactly why there's so much reference to slightly tedious studies I don't know, but they do also point you towards more interesting material (eg Panofsky).

Overall: this is a useful book that comes at a bargain-basement price. I'm glad to have this as my starting-point for getting to knowabout Durer, and I'm looking forward to consulting it. As such I'd be happy to recommend it to anyone with similar primitive purposes in mind. If there's a better alternative I'd be happy to be persuaded to it, though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class service., 6 May 2013
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This review is from: The Complete Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints of Albrecht Dürer. (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) (Paperback)
An excellent book, well described, and that arrived promptly. It was well-packed and overall excellent service. I have no complaints.
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