Albrecht Durer

The Engraver


  • Durer grew up and died at Nuremberg, Bavaria.
  • Albrecht Durer's dad was also named Albrecht and Albrecht Durer was one of the 8 children of his mom and dad. ( He was the 2nd child )
  • Young Durer received his first training in his fathers workshop as a engraver, and painted his first self portrait at the age of 13. '
  • Durer's humanistic interests appear, developed through his friendships with distinguished German scholars.
  • From 1486 to 1490 Durer was apprenticed to the Nuremberg painter and woodcut illustrator Micheal Wolgemut, at the age of 15.
  • Durer go married to the daughter of a local merchant and there relationship is unclear. Also the wife's reputation has suffered from a posthumous assault by Durer's friends.


  • Durer introduced the achievements of Italian Renaissance into northern European art, and his prints were diffused in his style, a fusion of the German realistic tradition with the Italian ideal of beauty.
  • He interpreted the Gospel in a new, human and understandable language, organically fusing northern realism with the ideal beauty of Italy.
  • His works generally ascribed to him showing he was extremely lively and many faced artist and represented various aspects of daily life.
  • His works were influenced by the 2 major representatives of graphic art.
  • Durer was a excellent painter, engraver and draftsman and also learned theorist, he was active in art and science and was the first renaissance artist outside of Italy and in his diversity, a typical renaissance man.
  • Durer's reputation spread all over Europe and was on the terms of friendship or friendly communication with all masters of the age and Raphael held himself honored in exchanging drawings with Durer.

Interesting Facts

  • It was Durer's prints rather than his painting which established his reputation.
  • Durer was equally interested in a direct depiction of observed data. Throughout his life he drew and engraved simple motifs studied from life, as in the dramatic drawing of his old mother.
  • When Durer took travels it not only opened his eyes to the marvels of ancient art but also to the variety to be found in nature, in which he captured his excellent landscape drawings and water colors of the Alpine views.
  • Durer's best works were for wood-block printing, that were typical scenes of popular devotion developed into his famous series of 16 great designs.
  • In the more finely detailed and expensive copper- engraving area or "subject" Albrecht Durer trained himself!
  • Durer was most widely felt through his woodcuts and engravings, and created a language of visual forms that furnished his followers with modern tools adapted to there needs.

Impact on Today

  • Durer influenced on pictorial and decorative art.
  • He is greater than any other artist in northern Europe.
  • Has a copy of one of the most famous lost works in the Historian museum in Frankfort, Germany.

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