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Natalie Zemon Davis Memorial Lecture I: Dürer, Outerwear and the Politics of Recognition

Portrait of Ulrich Varnbuler
Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Lecture: Dürer, Outerwear and the Politics of Recognition


This lecture takes place at the Albertina and offers an exceptional opportunity to see and study up close many of Dürer's drawings and prints that relate to the importance of dress. It focuses on contextualising one of Dürer's most puzzling messages in his letters from Venice in 1506, when he was in the city in the middle of his career. Dürer twice sent greetings from different coats to his humanist friend in Nuremberg. The lecture explores why coats might have taken on such significance and their intimate connection with regimes of male recognition. It methodically cross-fertilises the 'material turn' with the history of masculinity and emotions.

The lecture will be followed by a reception on the Albertina terrace, weather permitting.

Ulinka Rublack was born in Tübingen in 1967 and discovered the work of Natalie Davis while studying history, art history and sociology in Hamburg and Cambridge. She completed her doctorate at Cambridge and has been a lecturer in Cambridge History since 1996. She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. In 2018, the Humboldt and Thyssen Foundations jointly awarded her a lifetime achievement award for outstanding research and the promotion of academic exchange, the Reimar Lüst Prize. In 2019, her work as a historian and her book The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler's Defence of His Mother were recognized with Germany's most prestigious award for historians, the Deutscher Historikerpreis. Rublack has published widely on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century culture and on methodological issues. Her books have been translated into six languages, including Arabic and Chinese, and her book on Johannes and Katharina Kepler has inspired a novel, a film and a new monument to Katharina. Rublack's latest book is Dürer's Lost Masterpiece: Art and Society at the Dawn of a Global World (2023); out in German as Dürer in der Zeit der Wunder: Kunst und Gesellschaft an der Schwelle zu einer globalen Welt (2024).


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