Albrecht Dürer. La collezione completa dei Remondini

Musei di Bassano del Grappa, 2019

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Impressions of Albrecht Dürer
Duration: 15 minutes
4K video
2019

Albrecht Dürer is widely considered the finest printmaker of all time. On a technical level, the detail of his copperplate engravings is without compare. He made the earliest surviving etchings, and his studio produced 360 different woodcuts which radically sophisticated the method. Through these artisanal techniques, Dürer produced some of the most beloved images in Western art such as his woodcut of the Rhino, and the most compelling, Melancolia’s message continues to intrigue scholars to this day. These works feature in Albrecht Dürer. La collezione completa dei Remondini, an exhibition curated by Chiara Casarin. Taking place at Palazzo Sturm in Bassano del Grappa from 20 April to 30 September 2019, it is the most important exhibition on Dürer’s graphic corpus that has ever been realized.

To accompany this exhibition, the team at Factum Arte has made a film which captures the different printmaking techniques used by Dürer and his assistants. Following the hands of artisans, Impressions of Albrecht Dürer demonstrates the different manual and chemical procedures involved in engraving, etching and woodcut. The film takes us from the forge, to the acid room and to the printing press where the different quality of line produced by each method is revealed. Finally, it looks at ways in which printmaking methods are being reimagined today with the aid of new technologies.

Focusing on the manual dexterity and attention to detail which so distinguishes both Dürer atelier and Factum Arte’s output, the film is a celebration of printmaking skills past and present.

Produced at Factum Arte by Óscar Parasiego
Artistic design and research by Constanza Dessain
With the collaboration of Mike Ward, Miguel Hernando, Julia Vallinot and Silvia Álvarez

 

Rhinoceros Sculptures
Dürer’s Rhinoceros woodcut recorded the exotic creature’s arrival in Europe to King Manuel I’s menagerie in Lisbon. As its fame spread Dürer drew the image we know, combining invention, folklore and an idiosyncratic zoology in a fantastical creature that surpasses any observational study of the animal, and has become a highly influential image in its own right.

Factum Arte’s 3D sculptor Irene Gaumé has continued this beast’s strange and magical journey, transforming it from 2D to 3D. Using organic modelling software she sculpted the animal’s form, over which she mapped the lines of the woodcut giving them volume as a relief surface like the armoured, scaly hide that Dürer described. The workshop team materialised its intricate shape through initially 3D printing it in parts from which silicon moulds were then taken. Subsequent models were cast using a complex system of channels that allowed air bubbles to escape from the liquid resin before it solidified.

Hand finished and patinated with bitumen, the resulting sculptures evoke carved ivory netsuke. An edition of 100 Rhinoceros sculptures accompany the exhibition and their sales will support the Museum of Bassano del Grappa.

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The Factum Arte team consisted of: Juan Carlos Andrés Arias, Laura Revuelta Ramírez, Ania Martín, Maria del Carmen Pascual, Emily Kraus, Carlos Alonso, Quinner Baird, Voula Natsi Paraskevi and Óscar Parasiego.

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