Albrecht Dürer’s prints were copied for various reasons; not only copies, but also pastiches were created, putting together details from different Dürer’s prints. It seems that the interest in Dürer’s art increased throughout the sixteenth century and culminated in the seventeenth century. In fact there is even a term “Dürer-Renaissance” which refers to the peak of Dürer’s popularity around 1600.
Recently I had a chance to examine a print by Albrecht Dürer and five copies after it in the collection of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cracow, which is the most valuable collection of old graphics in Poland, yet still not very well-known to the foreign scholars. I have therefore written an article: “Virgin and Child on a Grassy Bench by Albrecht Dürer and five copies after it in the collection of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cracow.” I wanted to present the PAAS collection to the wider audience, and also tell about the on-line project www.pauart.pl – that is why I decided to submit my article to the on-line open access journal ArtHistory.us.