Albrecht Durer


The Life of Albrecht Durer

- born on May 21, 1471 in Nuremburg, Bavaria

- spent most of his life in Nuremburg, Bavaria

- started training in his father's workshop as an engraver (also for 4 years he was apprenticed to Michael Wolgemut)

- he studied the art of the ancients, and he traveled to many places engraving wood based on things he saw (landscapes, nature, people)

- created mainly wood engravings, for example, the Apocalypse, the Small Passion, and the Life of Virgin

- he had no specific patrons, although his engravings got the attention of most people

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

- created in 1497-98

- seen throughout many online museums like "British Museum" and "Metropolitan Museum"

- looks very realistic, and it is engraved in copper

- contains lots of shading, giving the scene in the picture importance and definition

- each man represents something: 1st is conquering, 2nd is war, 3rd is famine, and 4th is death

- I enjoy how there are many details put into the picture (if you look closely there are strange creatures hidden in the picture)

- exemplifies capitalism because it's a scene of a war, every man is for himself, all the four men represent something getting worse in society (for example, famine causes death) and both sides want to overpower the other



"Albrecht Dürer." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

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Picture: AR: Albrecht Dürer
TI: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
DT: 1497-98
DS: Gabinetto disegni e stampe degli Uffizi
AA: ARTstor

Picture info: "Who Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?" N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.