Albrecht Durer

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Albrecht Durer

The Leonardo of the North

Albrecht Durer

Born: May 21, 1471 Nuremburg, Germany Died: April 6, 1528

Family-Parents: Albrecht and Barbara Durer.-2nd child out of 18 (Sadly, most of Durer's sibilings died as a child)-Married Agnes Fray

Work-Started working at age 13 as an apprentice to his father, a goldsmith.-2 years later, Durer became an apprentice to Michael Wolgenmut, a printer and paintmaker. -Then began his career as an independent painter/printmaker *Official court artist for Maximillian I and Charles V

Some of Durer's Most Famous Pieces-The Feast of the Rose Garlands, Four Apostles, Praying Hands, Apocalypse Woodcuts, Knight Death and the Devil, St. Jarome in his Study, and more.

Education:Studied: -Art-Science (Published scientific lit in German)-Geometry -Civil Defense -The Measurments of the Human Body -1st to explain the idea of Artistic Genius

Albrecht Durer made a lasting impact on the world of art with his amazingly detailed work, the realism in his work, and the fact that he was truly a master of oil paintings. He impacted the Renaissance in many ways other than art like science, math, and more. He was truly a Renaissance man, and "one of the most important figures of the Norther Renaissance" (Albrecht Durer - The Complete Works).

One of Durer's most famous pieces, Praying Hands, also pays close attention to detail. The hands are very realistic, and even show the veins and wrinkles on these hands.

Like many other Renaissance artists, Durer also painted religious artwork as well, as seen in this piece, The Adoration of the Trinity.

Durer is known for his attention to detail. In this painting, Self Portrait at 26, Durer used an amazing amount of detail from the hair and clothing, to the painting in the background. This detail makes the piece look incredibly realistic.


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