I read this as part of my Art History project. I really liked this book because it did such a good job of placing Durer in his time and place. Durer was a prolific artist whose home was Nuremberg although he traveled both to Italy and to the Netherlands. Russell gives a good description of life in Durer's time. He also show the work of other artists before, during, and after Durer. The book does not go into great detail but is a good overview of Durer and his times.