About the Class
This class explores the life and career of the German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. Dürer was arguably one of the most brilliant minds of the Renaissance, and his peripatetic impulses brought him into contact with intellectuals, artists, and esteemed art patrons across Europe. Through a careful analysis of Dürer’s prints, paintings, and drawings, we will shed light on the important role he played in the dynamic cultural environment of early modern Europe.
Each week, the 90-minute lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.
Downey teaches art history at Saint Joseph’s University and West Chester University, and holds a PhD in early modern European art and architecture from Temple University. Downey has received grants for her research from various organizations, including the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Getty Research Institute, and Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. Recently, her study on Netherlandish workshops in Rome was published in the Netherlands Yearbook for the History of Art.
Art in Context
Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?