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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Durer and his Legacy


Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) of Nuremberg was the first truly international artist, a celebrity in his lifetime and ever since. His use of new printing technologies ensured that his works were appreciated and collected not only in his native country but throughout Europe. He was the great master of the multiple image, and his AD monogram became a widely recognized and respected trademark.

This tour looks at Dürer's life and at his astonishing artistic afterlife, the process by which his work has been absorbed and adapted by later artists.

The tour was produced to accompany the exhibition Albrecht Dürer and his legacy: the graphic work of a Renaissance artist (5 December 2002 - 23 March 2003). The exhibition was sponsored by Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering.

Illustration: Dürer's celebrated woodcut recorded the arrival in Lisbon of an Indian rhinoceros on 20 May 1515.