Albrecht Durer

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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

Citations

Information:

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