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  • Bearing the Cross - Devotions on Albrecht Durer's Small Passion

Bearing the Cross - Devotions on Albrecht Durer's Small Passion

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by Carolyn Brinkley

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Albrecht Dürer, 1471–1528, is said to be the greatest German artist of the Northern Renaissance. His works include woodcuts, engravings, sketches, and paintings of both oils and watercolors. Born into a Nuremburg family of goldsmiths, he learned the art of engraving at an early age.

Dürer’s genius in printmaking forever changed the world of art. Up until this time woodcuts had been merely combinations of black and white. His innovative technique of cross hatching brought new shades of grays making a pallet of contrasts between light and dark. This greatly enhanced the woodcuts of his Small Passion giving visual depth, dimension, and drama to the biblical narratives.The Small Passion contains the largest number of scenes, but is known as “small” due to the 3x5 inch size of the intricate woodcuts.

Bearing the Cross combines the great artwork of Albrecht Dürer’s Small Passion, gems of hymnody, and Holy Scripture into faith enriching devotional vignettes. The reader is escorted from Genesis to Revelation in a personal, intimate journey with Christ.

Foreword by Matthew Harrison.
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  “Albrecht Durer was a man who took one of the oldest forms of printing, the woodcut, and made it into an unparalleled expression of faith. He cared about the details, not only of his woodworking skill but of Scripture and Christian imagery.
Carolyn Brinkley does a masterful job, reveling in the art while revealing and contemplating Scripture. This is a book about Jesus and how even in the details Jesus came to live, die and rise again for me and for you.
Durer's Small Passion, first published in 1511, was a pocket devotional containing Christian poetry and 37 of his famously crafted woodcuts. This new volume takes a fresh look at the woodcuts, which allow us to view holy events as if they were happening right in front of our eyes, and combines them with Scripture and gems of hymnody.