Mini Biography: Albrecht Durer

Birth: May 21, 1471
Death: April 6, 1528
Nationality: German
Movement: Northern Renaissance
Born into a family of Goldsmiths in Nuremberg, Germany Durer learned the family trade as well as drawing as a youngster before being apprenticed at 15 to a painter and print maker. A true Renaissance Man Durer painted in watercolor, tempera, and oils in addition to drawing, engraving, and making woodcut prints. He also effectively translated information on linear perspective specifically, and geometry in general, from Latin to German in a series of 4 books entitled Four Books on Measurement. He later wrote another series of books on the human anatomy called the Four Books on Human Proportion. Despite traveling to Italy at least twice and to various locations in the Netherlands Durer’s influence, outside of printmaking, was most pronounced on other German artists. His house, containing his workshop, is now a museum.
Some of Durer’s notable works include: The Apocalypse (1498); Knight, Death, and the Devil (pictured below); The Four Apostles (1526).


Durer, Albrecht. Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
For more information on Durer and his artwork visit:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Encyclopedia Britannica
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute