The graphic treasure by Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), preserved in the Bassanese prints collection of the museum, is completely on display for the first time. A corpus of 214 prints, which is classified, considering both the quantity and the quality, together with the one preserved at the Albertina collection in Vienna as the most important and the most complete in the world.
The city of Bassano del Grappa has chosen this extraordinary tribute to the genius of Dürer in order to celebrate the new opening of Palazzo Sturm, at the end of the last renovation campaign which has fully made the magnificent building with its treasure of architecture and art available to the visits, turning it into the ideal seat for the exhibition of the graphic works by Albrecht Dürer as well.
Palazzo Sturm houses indeed, the Remondini Prints Museum, which preserves and shows, in a highly impressive way, the creations of the legendary dynasty of Bassanese printers. These were specialised in refined editions and popular prints which they could distribute all over the world between the 17th and the 18th century. The Remondinis were also very clever art collectors. In their important collections, now part of the museum's heritage, 8500 graphic works can be found, among which there are works by great European masters of the Renaissance and of the Modern Age. One of the major artists is Albrecht Dürer, having 123 xylographs and 91 engravings preserved in the Remondini collection. Dürer realised 260 engravings and 214 of these are in Bassano del Grappa. Dürer started his career as a xylographer in 1496. From 1512 to 1519 he worked for the emperor Maximilian I for whom he realised the Triumphal Arch and the Triumphal procession, which is also preserved in the Bassanese collection.
The idea of the display, shared among APML architetti, Studio Multiplo and the director Chiara Casarin, leads the visitor from the introductory rooms dedicated to the various engraving and printing techniques on the second floor, to the further readings about history and various topics about the temporary exhibitions on the fourth and fifth floor. The tour ends with a video explaining the moments in which the works are realised and the further historical information about the current exhibition.