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Day 20 — National Blog Posting Month

A round of applause to Lorna Wood (Mrs. Weirsdo) for a timely idea for today’s post. And one more for a reason to cross post to my Flipside Again (the new home of Flipside Florida) blog.

The Courtauld Gallery is currently hostingan exhibition of The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure through 12 January 2014. 

Discover the early figure drawings of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. The Young Dürer concentrates on the artist’s journeyman years (c. 1490-96), during which he travelled widely and was exposed to a range of new influences. The exhibition explores how Dürer reinvented artistic traditions through an ambitious new approach to the figure rooted in the study of his own body.

An introduction to The Courtauld Gallery exhibition ‘The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure’ by Curator of Drawings Dr Stephanie Buck


In “A Wise Virgin,”  Dr. Buck explains that the beautiful woman is one of the five in Matthew 25: The Parable of the Ten Virgins. Dürer was struggling with his perception of the female figure. The virgin’s face has his features because he knew how to draw his own face. On the other side, he put the paper in his lap and drew his legs askew from the thighs down. 


The gallery is located at the Somerset House and is the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art, one of the world’s leading centres for the study of art history and conservation.