Special Collections hosts the Early Books Lecture Series XIII, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this 13th year of the lecture series, professors will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts.
Professor Albrecht Classen presents the first lecture in the series on Albrecht Dürer. When thinking about Renaissance art we tend to look at Italy, Spain, France, or England, but the true grand master actually originated from Germany, Nuremberg. Albrecht Dürer has left a monumental opus of paintings and art works that finds virtually no parallels at his time. Not only being an absolute expert in art technology, Dürer also introduced new perspectives on landscape, people, animals, and thus created the foundation of the new world. However, we also need to consider Nuremberg itself as a major center of technological innovation, craftsmanship, and literature.
Dr. Albrecht Classen is University Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of German Studies. He has a broad range of research interests covering the history of medieval and early modern German and European literature and culture from about 800 to 1800. He has published more than 80 scholarly books, critical editions, translations, and textbooks.
The Early Books Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The schedule includes:
- April 14, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Fred Kiefer, “What did playwrights do when the Shakespearean theaters closed?”
- April 19, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Tom Willard, “The Witches in Macbeth”