VATERLAND BLUES #2
When talking about German printmaking, one of the first names that pops up is inevitably Albrecht Dürer. (Tough luck, Martin Schongauer, Albrecht Altdorfer, Brothers Beham, Master E.S. etc. can’t touch the DZA).
One could of course back this not-so-very-bold statement up with art historical evidence, or, a path less travelled in the contemporary discourse, with the Monty Python proof, which goes as follows:
Name one other printmaking artist other than Dürer that got featured in a series of sketches by Monty Python’s Flying Circus, in their German episode “Monty Pythons fliegender Zirkus”, which was produced in 1971, the 500 year anniversary of Dürer’s birth.
The show has two sketches about Dürer, “Monty Python’s Guide to Albrecht Dürer” and “Anita Ekberg Sings Albrecht Dürer”. Dürer is also featured as a cameo in the Red Riding hood sketch, and appears as a sheriff of Dodge City.
As I said, name one other printmaker with this level of pop-cultural references.
The whole episode, for your viewing pleasure, in original German, with English subtitles.