"The Four Horsemen," a woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, is from the series "The Revelation of St. John (Apocalypse)." Dürer's work is showing at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through May 27. CLICK FOR LARGE
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is exhibiting works by Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer
Renaissance art, in all its ornate, grandiose glory, is something to see in lofty history books or glossy art magazines -- or even on the thin page of a newspaper.
But the experience pales in comparison with coming face to face with the original work. In that moment, there is a sense of awe at seeing the fruits of that remarkably creative time in history.
Isle art lovers have that opportunity through May 27; the Honolulu Academy of Arts is exhibiting woodcuts and etchings by German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), who was noted for his paintings and works on paper.
The artist opened a workshop in 1495 in Nuremberg, a central area of affluence within the Holy Roman Empire, and took a radical step when he produced high-quality prints for the open market.
More than 70 pieces of Dürer's work, on loan from the Konrad Liebmann Foundation in Germany, are touring the United States.
Following the Honolulu run, the exhibit travels to the New Orleans Museum of Art and then the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Honolulu Academy of Arts is at 900 S. Beretania St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Admission is $7 general; $4 seniors, students and military; and free to children 12 and under. Call 532-8700.
"The Angel Appears to Joachim" is from the woodcut series "The Life of the Virgin." CLICK FOR LARGE