Albert and The Whale

Philip Hoare

£16.99

Hoare sets out to discover why Dürer’s art endures

Hardback

Art & Photography > Non-Fiction

ISBN: 9780008323295

Description

An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea from the award-winning author of Leviathan. ‘This is a wonderful book.

A lyrical journey into the natural and unnatural world …

Leading us from the hands of an engraver to the monstrous beauty dwelling in the churning seas’ Patti Smith Albrecht Durer changed the way we saw nature through art.

From his prints in 1498 of the plague ridden Apocalypse – the first works mass produced by any artist – to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, his art was a revelation: it showed us who we are but it also foresaw our future.

It is a vision that remains startlingly powerful and seductive, even now. In Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover why Durer’s art endures. He encounters medieval alchemists and modernist poets, eccentric emperors and queer soul rebels, ambassadorial whales and enigmatic pop artists. He witnesses the miraculous birth of Durer’s fantastical rhinoceros and his hermaphroditic hare, and he traces the fate of the star-crossed leviathan that the artist pursued. And as the author swims from Europe to America and beyond, these prophetic artists and downed angels provoke awkward questions. What is natural or unnatural? Is art a fatal contract? Or does it in fact have the power to save us? With its wild and watery adventures, its witty accounts of amazing cultural lives and its delight in the fragile beauty of the natural world, Albert & the Whale offers glorious, inspiring insights into a great artist, and his unerring, sometimes disturbing gaze.

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Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 25 × 17 × 8 cm