The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is open on a revised schedule. Read more about hours and visiting and see VassarTogether for the College’s Spring 2021 plans and policies.

Past Exhibition

Albrecht Dürer: Impressions of the Renaissance

When: November 14 - December 24, 2009

About the Show

With keen curiosity and limited education, Albrecht Dürer interacted with leading humanists and scholars of the northern Renaissance, an exciting period when the spread of resurrected texts and classical art sparked a fashionable cultural revolution in his native Nuremberg. Their discussions and friendships informed many of his prints, which became monuments in the history of printmaking.

Ideas Dürer confronted in his prints stem in part from his conversations with these scholars and their knowledge of ancient and contemporary literature made available in first and newly published editions. For instance, he often discussed intellectual issues with his dearest friend Willibald Pirckheimer, a Nuremberg scholar and translator who studied at the Universities of Padua and Pavia. Pirckheimer amassed a private library of classical texts and was at the center of the elite humanist circle in Nuremberg. The rise of humanism, revived classical sources, and new theological writings attracted Dürer and propelled his portraits of scholars as well as his renderings of saints, biblical figures, classical gods and goddesses, sea monsters, satyrs, Satan, and Death.

The exhibition is organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and includes thirty-five prints from the permanent collection as well as a few loans. Subjects range from portraits by Dürer of classical scholars Willibald Pirckheimer, Philip Melanchthon, and Desiderius Erasmus to prints with biblical and allegorical themes. Included are numerous works from the Art Center’s Warburg Collection of Old Master Prints.

Public Hours

Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm
The Loeb will be closed the weekend of Dec 26–27 and will re-open on weekends starting Jan. 2.

Covid-19

Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot accommodate group tours at this time, and capacity in the galleries is limited. All visitors are required to wear masks.

Admission

Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


Parking/Entrance

Parking is on Raymond Avenue only. Entrance to the galleries is via the Raymond Ave. gate through the sculpture garden.

Students & Faculty

Consult the Teaching & Learning section of the VassarTogether page for information about visiting the Loeb during the week.

Please note that weekend hours are restricted to the general public only.

Contact

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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(845) 437-5237
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(845) 437-5632