Discovering the Durer Cipher

Coastal Carolina University will present the exhibit Discovering the Dürer Cipher from October 8 – November 24, 2012 in the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery in Conway. The exhibit  will feature a collection of forty-three prints by the noted Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer. A public lecture and opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in June 2012.

Albrecht Dürer was a German painter, printmaker, and engraver from Nuremburg who is considered one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance.  Before his death at age 57 in 1528, he had created a vast body of work, including altarpieces, portraits, and copper engravings and had also contributed to mathematical and artistic theories.

Collector and scholar Elizabeth Garner will give the opening lecture for the exhibit Discovering the Dürer Cipher on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium (Wall School of Business, Room 116) on Coastal Carolina University’s campus. She will present her research into Dürer’s prints, their complex imagery and symbolism, and her investigation of the often puzzling interpretations scholars have offered for Dürer’s iconography. Following the lecture, an opening reception for the exhibit will take place from 4:30 – 6:30 in the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to displaying the exhibit, Coastal Carolina University will create a print and digital catalogue with scholarly essays about Dürer by Garner and Dr. Stephanie Miller.

For more information about the exhibit and the public program, please contact the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery: at 843-349-6409.

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