Albrecht Dürer

By: Stephanie MacMillan

Biography

Albrecht Dürer, born in Nuremberg Germany May 21, 1471, is known as one of the leading artists of the renaissance. The mathematical methods he used in his artwork influenced many other artists of his time. Dürer had always had a love for the arts but he truly began too develop his skills when he assisted artist Michel Wohlgemuth. Soon after, he was able to travel Europe on his own as a painter, working with some of the leading painters of the time. Emperor Maximilian was one of Dürer's many patrons. He spent most of his life in his home town of Nuremberg, although he did spend a significant amount of time in Venice. He was devoted to making his paintings as realistic as possible. He studied perspective, proportion and the problems of space. He also used mathematical techniques to create his paintings. Some of his most famous works are The Four Horsemen of Apocalypse and The Fall of Man. The year of his death,1528, The Four books of human Proportions were published as a result of his studies. These books had a significant affect on the arts.

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