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Albert and the Whale

Albert and the Whale

by Philip Hoare
Hardback
Publication Date: 02/06/2021
  $37.99

An illuminating exploration of the intersection between life, art and the sea from the award-winning author of Leviathan.

'This is a wonderful book. A lyrical journey into the natural and unnatural world ... Leading us from the hands of an engraver to the monstrous beauty dwelling in the churning seas' Patti Smith

Albrecht Dürer changed the way we saw nature through art. From his prints in 1498 of the plague ridden Apocalypse - the first works mass produced by any artist - to his hyper-real images of animals and plants, his art was a revelation: it showed us who we are but it also foresaw our future. It is a vision that remains startlingly powerful and seductive, even now.

In Albert & the Whale, Philip Hoare sets out to discover why Dürer's art endures.  He encounters medieval alchemists and modernist poets, eccentric emperors and queer soul rebels, ambassadorial whales and enigmatic pop artists.  He witnesses the miraculous birth of Dürer's fantastical rhinoceros and his hermaphroditic hare, and he traces the fate of the star-crossed leviathan that the artist pursued. And as the author swims from Europe to America and beyond, these prophetic artists and downed angels provoke awkward questions.  What is natural or unnatural?  Is art a fatal contract?  Or does it in fact have the power to save us?

 

With its wild and watery adventures, its witty accounts of amazing cultural lives and its delight in the fragile beauty of the natural world, Albert & the Whale offers glorious, inspiring insights into a great artist, and his unerring, sometimes disturbing gaze.

ISBN:
9780008323295
9780008323295
Category:
History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
02-06-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
222x141x28mm
Weight:
0.4kg
Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare was born and brought up in Southampton. At college in London in 1976, he became involved in the punk movement, returning to Southampton to produce fanzines, manage groups and designing album sleeves.

He is the author of four previous books and is a regular contributor to television, radio and print media. Philip has curated an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and speaks regularly at Literary Festivals.

He lives in Southampton and London.

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