Dürer Unseen

Edited and co-written by Giulia Bartrum, former Curator of German Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, the book has essays and contributions by leading scholars in the field, including Christoph Metzger, Peter van den Brink, David Ekserdjian, Angela Campbell and Angela Hass. Bartrum, G., C. Metzger, A. Campbell, A. Hass, P.van den Brink and D. Eskerdjian:  Durer Unseen.  2022. 115 pages, 67 colour illustrations. Hardback. 25 x 21cms.  5 essays on the recently discovered drawing of the 'Virgin and Child with a flower on a grassy bench', discussing Durer in the context of the growing cult of Virgin Mary, his relationship to Jakob Fugger, the impact of Cornelisz's 1507 'Crucifiction' and Raphael's interest in Durer's works. Please get in touch if you wish to purchase a copy.

July 2022


Dürer was the preeminent artist of the Northern Renaissance, and in any assessment of his art, the role played by his drawing cannot be overestimated. It was his most fundermental, constant and important form of expression, the graphic barometer of his life and artistic development. Dürer's drawing played a major role in revolutionising drawing as an autonomous art form, and the graffic discoveries he made with his drawn line are the foundation of our modern three-dimentional representation of the world. While a rich and vast corpus of Dürer's print and graphic work survives, in comparrison his drawings are exceedingly rare, and only a handful remain in private ownership. The last undisputed Dürer drawing on the open market, a water colour of Trento, was sold at Sotheby's in 1978 for $1,300,000 to date a record price for the artist at auction. This makes Clifford Schorer's discovery of Dürer's Virgin and Child, which has been resoundingly endorsed as authentic by the current leading expert of the artist, Christof Metzger, even more exceptional.