The Warburg Institute was delighted to host the launch of Dürer's Lost Masterpiece: Art and Society at the Dawn of a Global World (OUP) by Ulinka Rublack, featuring the author in conversation with art historian Giulia Bartrum and Deputy Director of the National Gallery, Susan Foister.

Dürer's Lost Masterpiece considers the celebrated German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), his time and his legacy, with a focus on the crucial, and often overlooked, turning point in his career, when Dürer stopped painting altarpieces after falling out with the Frankfurt merchant Jacob Heller over a commission.

The story of this painting, as Dürer's lost masterpiece, is a lens through which to view the new relationship developing between art, collecting and commerce in Europe up to the Thirty Years´ War (1618-1648), when global trade and cultural exchanges were increasing.

Acclaimed historian Ulinka Rublack draws on a decade of research, bringing to life Dürer´s fight for fair pay for the arts and crafts in an entrepreneurial and often ruthless age. This event was part of the Warburg Director's Seminar series, which brings leading scholars and writers to the Institute to share new work and fresh perspectives on key issues in their fields.

This event took place on 24 October 2023.