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Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Dürer, the best-known German artist of the Renaissance.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2017
Saint Anthony Reading, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
Albrecht Dürer, whose work was admired and influential throughout Europe, was born in Nuremberg on 21 May 1471. His first training was as a goldsmith in his father's shop. In 1486 Dürer became an apprentice in the workshop of the painter Michael Wolgemut where he would remain for almost four years. Toward the end of his apprenticeship, he produced his first dated painting, the portrait of his father Albrecht Dürer the Elder of 1490. Same year Dürer departed Nuremberg for a four-year trip. The trip included the Netherlands, Cologne, and parts of Austria and Switzerland.
Returning to Nuremberg in late May of 1494 Dürer married but forced to leave again due to an outbreak of plague in Nuremberg in August of 1494. Dürer traveled across the Alps to Venice, by way of Augsburg, Innsbruck, the Brenner pass, the Eisack valley and Trent. His Venice stay, which lasted until spring of 1495. Dürer became acquainted with artists such as Gentile and Giovanni Bellini and absorbed, often by copying, the work of Andrea Mantegna, Antonio Pollaiuolo, and Lorenzo di Credi. His awareness of and lifelong interest in the theory of human proportions also began in Venice, quite possible because of Jacopo de' Barbari.
Upon his return to Nuremberg in 1495, Dürer embarked upon a career as printmaker and painter. The woodcut series, the Apocalypse, published in 1498, by reason of its innovative format, technical mastery, and the forcefulness of its imagery, made Dürer famous throughout Europe.
In the summer of 1505, the plague reappeared in Nuremberg and Dürer again set out for Venice. This time, however, he arrived as a well-known artist with a reputation based on his woodcuts and engravings. From Venice Dürer apparently went to the university city of Bologna to learn about perspective and then journeyed further south to Florence, where he saw the work of Leonardo da Vinci and the young Raphael, and to Rome.
Except for a few short journeys, Dürer remained in Nuremberg from 1507 until 1520. Dürer attracted the attention of Emperor Maximilian I who had visited Nuremberg in February 1512 and gave Dürer several commissions, including the marginal drawings for his prayerbook. The three so-called "Master Engravings": Knight, Death, and the Devil, of 1513, Saint Jerome in his Study, and Melancholia I both of 1514, raised the engraving technique to new heights and reflect Dürer's ongoing assimilation of Italian art and theory, and in the case of Melancholia I, Neoplatonic philosophy.
In his last years, Dürer became increasingly involved in his theoretical writings. His last and most important treatise, Four Books on Human Proportion, was published posthumously on 31 October 1528. A number of painted and engraved portraits were produced in these years, but the major work is the Four Apostles, dated 1526, that was presented to the city council in Nuremberg. The Apostles John the Evangelist, Peter and Paul and the Evangelist Mark are accompanied by inscriptions warning against false prophets.
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Albrecht Durer - Crucifixion, from the Small Woodcut Passion

Albrecht Durer - Crucifixion, from the Small Woodcut Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso)
The Ravisher, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Ravisher, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Das Narren Schyff, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Das Narren Schyff, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Five Foot Soldiers and a Mounted Turk
Albrecht Dürer - Holy Family with a Dragonfly

Albrecht Dürer - Holy Family with a Dragonfly

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Five Foot Soldiers and a Mounted Turk
Albrecht Dürer - Holy Family with a Dragonfly

Albrecht Dürer - Holy Family with a Dragonfly

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Ill-Assorted Couple, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Ill-Assorted Couple, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

Albrecht Durer - The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Prodigal Son, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Prodigal Son, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Little Courier, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Little Courier, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Turkish Family, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Turkish Family, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Monstrous Pig of Landser

Albrecht Dürer - The Monstrous Pig of Landser

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Cook and His Wife
Albrecht Durer - The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

Albrecht Durer - The Penance of Saint John Chrysostom

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Turkish Family, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Turkish Family, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Martyrdom of Saint John, from The Apocalypse, Latin Edition 1511

The Martyrdom of Saint John, from The Apocalypse, Latin Edition 1511

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Prodigal Son, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Prodigal Son, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness

Albrecht Durer - Saint Jerome Penitent in the Wilderness

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Three Peasants in Conversation, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Three Peasants in Conversation, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Four Naked Women, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Four Naked Women, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Peasant and His Wife
Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer, relief print
Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Woodblock for Samson Rending the Lion
The Lady on Horseback and the Lansquenet
Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Samson Rending the Lion, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Christ on the Mount of Olives, from The Large Passion

Christ on the Mount of Olives, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Holy Family with Three Hares

Albrecht Durer - The Holy Family with Three Hares

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Lady on Horseback and the Lansquenet
Fortuna in a Niche, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse, German Edition, 1498

The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse, German Edition...

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Sea Monster (Das Meerwunder)

Albrecht Durer - The Sea Monster (Das Meerwunder)

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Dream of the Doctor

Albrecht Dürer - The Dream of the Doctor

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks, from The Apocalypse, German Edition 1498

The Vision of the Seven Candlesticks, from The Apocalypse, German Edit...

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Virgin and Child with the Monkey
The Four Avenging Angels, from The Apocalypse

The Four Avenging Angels, from The Apocalypse

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Virgin and Child with the Monkey
The Promenade, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Promenade, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Four Horsemen, from The Apocalypse
Hercules at the Crossroad, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Hercules at the Crossroad, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit

The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Saint Michael and the Dragon, from The Apocalypse
Albrecht Dürer - The Dream of the Doctor

Albrecht Dürer - The Dream of the Doctor

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Crucifixion, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Durer - The Crucifixion, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Hercules at the Crossroad, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Hercules at the Crossroad, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Justice, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Justice, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Virgin on the Crescent

Albrecht Dürer - The Virgin on the Crescent

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Saint Sebastian Bound to the Column

Albrecht Durer - Saint Sebastian Bound to the Column

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Justice, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Justice, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Virgin on the Crescent

Albrecht Durer - The Virgin on the Crescent

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Christ in Limbo; Christ walking down to the arched gateway to Limbo on the right, on the left a group of people including Moses, John the Baptist, Adam and Eve, after Dürer
Albrecht Dürer - The Adoration of the Kings

Albrecht Dürer - The Adoration of the Kings

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Lamentation, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Durer - The Lamentation, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Opening of the Fifth and Sixth Seals, from the Apocalypse
Lord and lady walking with figure of death hiding behind a tree, holding an hourglass, after Dürer
Christ before Pilate, from the Passion (copy)

Christ before Pilate, from the Passion (copy)

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Resurrection; Christ standing in front of closed tomb, holding a flag and giving a blessing, guards sleeping in the foreground, after Dürer
Adam and Eve, from the Small Passion, copy
Albrecht Dürer - Hercules Conquering the Molionide Twins

Albrecht Dürer - Hercules Conquering the Molionide Twins

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb, from The Apocalypse

The Beast with Two Horns Like a Lamb, from The Apocalypse

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse

The Four Angels Holding the Winds, from The Apocalypse

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Crucifixion, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Durer - The Crucifixion, from The Large Passion

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Adoration of the Lamb, from The Apocalypse

The Adoration of the Lamb, from The Apocalypse

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Four Avenging Angels, from The Apocalypse

The Four Avenging Angels, from The Apocalypse

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalen

Albrecht Durer - The Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalen

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

The Bath House, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - Saints Nicholas, Ulrich and Erasmus
Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Arms of the German Empire and the City of Nuremberg
Saint John before God and the Elders, from The Apocalypse
Portrait of Ulrich Varnbuler, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Portrait of Ulrich Varnbuler, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Saint Philip, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Saint Philip, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Beast with Seven Heads and the Beast with Lamb's Horns, from the Apocalypse series
Albrecht Dürer - Entombment, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer - Entombment, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Virgin and Child with a Pear, copy
Virgin and Child Seated by the Wall (reverse copy)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Christ Crowned with Thorns, Albrecht Dürer, relief print

Possibly Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Dürer - The Draughtsman of the Lute

Albrecht Dürer - The Draughtsman of the Lute

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

The Nativity (reverse copy), Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

The Nativity (reverse copy), Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Nemesis (The Great Fortune), Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Nemesis (The Great Fortune), Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Portret van Albrecht Dürer, Albrecht Durer, German, Nuremberg.
Hercules and Cacus, Albrecht Dürer, relief print
IIllustration from Dürers Vier Bucher von Menslicher Proportion, Nuremberg, 1528

IIllustration from Dürers Vier Bucher von Menslicher Proportion, Nurem...

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother, from The Life of the Virgin (copy)

Christ Taking Leave of His Mother, from The Life of the Virgin (copy)

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

engraving after Albrecht Dürer from "The Temple ... With engravings after Albert Dürer"

engraving after Albrecht Dürer from "The Temple ... With engravings af...

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Albrecht Durer - The Knight and Man-at-arms
Albrecht Durer - Three Peasants in Conversation (reverse copy)

Albrecht Durer - Three Peasants in Conversation (reverse copy)

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Christ in Limbo, from The Little Passion, (copy)

Christ in Limbo, from The Little Passion, (copy)

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Illustration from the Ritter von Turn, 1493

Illustration from the Ritter von Turn, 1493

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

Albrecht Durer - Engraved copies of The Little Passion

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Saint John Beholding the Seven Golden Candlesticks, from The Apocalypse

Saint John Beholding the Seven Golden Candlesticks, from The Apocalyps...

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Eunuches, from The Comedie of Terence, 19th century reprint

Eunuches, from The Comedie of Terence, 19th century reprint

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Coat -of-Arms of Johan  Stabius, edition of 1781

Coat -of-Arms of Johan Stabius, edition of 1781

Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

Albrecht Durer - The Great Triumphal Car third sheet

Albrecht Durer - The Great Triumphal Car third sheet

After Albrecht Dürer (German, Nuremberg 1471–1528 Nuremberg)

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