Albrecht Dürer in Washington

The works of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer are being showed in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Holland Cotter, of the New York Times Art and Design section, looks at the artist and his work.

Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints From the Albertina runs through june 9, 2013 at the museum, and includes "the earliest known self-portrait drawing in European art" as well as one of his most famous works, Praying Hands.

From the article:

The show takes Dürer, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1471 and died there in 1528, from the beginning to the end of his career. Some of his most famous images — “Praying Hands,” the ineffable watercolor and gouache painting known as “The Great Piece of Turf” — are among the 100 or so works. Nearly all are from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the premier repository of Dürer’s graphic art, though even there they are rarely displayed in such breadth.