Albrecht Dürer Haus
Albrecht-Dürer-Straße 39, Nuremberg, Germany
www.museen.nuernberg.de/duerer - +49 911 231-2568
Albrecht Dürer Haus Nuremberg Reviews
A taste of an upper class medieval house Dec 16, 2013
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was Germany's most famous and well paid graphic artist and painter, who was wealthy also in his life time. He lived in this house, which was built around 1420, from 1509 and until his death in 1528. His life is unusually well documented and the house has miraculously survived largely in its original form. It was opened to the public as a memorial in 1828 and later as a museum in 1871.
Included in the ticket is an audio guide, availalbe in 8 different languages. I recommend you to take one. The voice is Agnes Dürer, the wife of the artis and it is her, who guides you through the museum. In a very lively way she tells about the life of the artist in this house, their life together, which wasn't always easy, and their travels to Italy and the Netherlands.
The visit starts on the ground floor, in a room with information about Albrecht Dürer, then it continues to a middle floor with some of his work, before you see the bedroom, kitchen, living room, parlor - where he did business with foreigners, and then to the last floor where he had his paint kitchen, printing room and work shop. The furniture in this house did not belong to Dürer, but they are from his time. All the information on the walls are in German and English. Some is also in French.
Albrecht Dürer printed his own woodcuts. In the printing room a reconstruction of his printing press is made. A person was showing how it worked and gave me a print of one of Dürer's famous woodcuts. Another artist, Sofia Fränkl, was there and showed how Dürer carved the copper cuts and then printed the pictures. Very well done!
Another curious thing was the "secret cabinet" in the kitchen. At the end of Dürers life, of convenience due to his ill health, a toilet was built in the corner of the kitchen. This installation constituted an offense against existing building regulations at that time, and he was fined. Since he was a painter of good reputation and contributed to the town's fame he received a notice as follows: "The town is in good intention towards him, but because of his secret cabinet he will not be treated differently from others, but as soon as he will have paid the fine, it shall be returned to him".
I can highly recommend a visit to the Albrecht Dürer Haus. It doesn't only teach you about the artist and his work, but also about life in the medieval era.
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