MONMOUTHSHIRE Museums have organised some special sessions for the summer ahead.

Working with popular local art history lecturer Eleanor Bird, there will be one-off afternoon two-hour lectures from 2-4pm online via Zoom, and there will be two opportunities to attend each subject, Monday and Saturday afternoons.

For the first subject in May the focus is on Albrecht Dürer.

Explore the work of the extraordinary German painter and printmaker, who was famous in all the courts of Europe by 1520 and was one of the first artistic superstars of the Renaissance.

Look at the fascinating detail in Dürer's biblical and mythological prints and how they influenced both Northern artists and Italian and examine his richly-coloured paintings and iconic self-portraits and see how he brought Italian Renaissance ideas to the North.

This talk - on Monday, May 10 or Saturday, May 15 from 2-4pm - will also whet the appetite for the National Gallery's long-awaited 2021 exhibition now scheduled for the autumn in London, Dürer’s Journeys.

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