Dürer in Malta
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Dürer in Malta

Midsea Books’ prestigious publication Dürer in Malta honours one of the greatest German artists. Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) worked in various media, but is most renowned for his exquisite copperplate and woodcut engravings. Their outstanding quality was greatly apprecia­ted in his time and even more so today almost 500 years later. Indeed they fetch incredible prices in those rare occasions when they appear in auctions.

The Mdina Cathedral Museum boasts one of the most important public collections of the early German prints. Many visitors are taken by surprise by the sheer magnitude of the collection of engravings and woodcuts. The extent and range of these prints, and the quality of many of the individual impressions, especially of the woodcuts, are indeed overwhelming. Dürer in Malta celebrates not only the 79 prints in the Dürer collection but also prints by other German contemporary artists, including those in the national collection.

This is definitely a book to own this Christmas

Dürer in Malta is a welcome addition to the rich bibliography on the Mdina Cathedral Museum’s Dürer Collection and will inspire further initiatives for more research on the museum’s collection of prints and Old Master drawings. Written by Fr John Azzopardi, it includes a comprehensive updated catalogue based on recent research of the German print collection at the museum which was updated by Joe P. Borg. For the first time the prints are being listed in a chronological sequence in context with other Dürer collections worldwide. The works of art have been specifically photographed for this book. Dürer in Malta also relates the fascinating story as to how this collection came to be bequeathed to the Cathedral.

Lavishly presented, this is definitely a book to own this Christmas. It makes a perfect gift not only to connoisseurs but also to those who love the art and Melitensia books in general.

Printed on special paper in a large format, Dürer in Malta is being offered only on order in a limited numbered hardbound edition. For a limited period, Dürer in Malta will be sold at the special price of €75. Individual or corporate enquiries are to contact Midsea Books on admin@midseabooks.com.

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