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      A L B R E C H T  D U R E R

      • Known as: German Renaissance painter, wood carver, engraver, mathematician
      • Born: May 21, 1471, Nuremberg, Germany
      • Date of death: April 6, 1528, Nuremberg
      • Buried: St. John’s churchyard, Nuremberg

    • Albrecht Dürer was the son of a well-off goldsmith Albrecht Dürer the Elder and Barbara Holper. From the ages of 15 through to 18, he was apprenticed in the workshop of Nuremberg artist Michael Wolgemut where he was trained in drawing, woodcutting and printing.

      He soon gained a reputation for the quality of his engravings. When he had completed his apprenticeship, he travelled across Europe, visiting the Netherlands and taking two prolonged stays in Italy. Perhaps the most important part of his time in Italy was his stay in Venice and his love of the work of the then elderly Giovanni Bellini.It was during his second visit to Italy that he turned his hand to painting.

      In 1494, he married Agnes Frey, the daughter of a local merchant. It is not known hwhat kind of relationship he had with her, but soon after the marriage he travelled to Italy without her.

      In 1495, he started his own workshop in Nuremberg. It was successful with his engravings much in demand from wealthy German patrons. Not only that but he was frequently commissioned for portraits and to paint several altarpieces. He also painted numerous self-portraits (has there been an artist who has painted so many self-portraits?) of him at different ages that the frequency of them has almost made one thing that he painted them not at different ages but at different hours! On a purely superficial level, he was a good-looking guy though.

      By 1513 he was 42 and created his greatest three engravings: Knight, Death and the Devil (1513), St. Jerome in His Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514). Such was his fame by then that the Emperor Maximilian commissioned him to create the largest woodcut print ever made before or since: The Triumphal Arch, a piece Emperor Maximilian saw as a celebration of, er, himself and his achievements. So pleased was Maximilian with the result that he granted Dürer a pension which lasted until his death in 1519. Thereafter, Dürer had to travel with his wife to the Netherlands and the court of the Emperor Charles V to have the pension confirmed. He also looked out for new patrons. It was during this trip that he not only met Erasmus but on the return trip caught the mysery illness that would afflict his last seven years.

      He became an enthusiastic follower to the strict and austere doctines of Martin Luther. He also wrote theoretical works. By 1520, such was his fame that Raphael wa honoured to exchange drawings with him.

      He died at the age of 56, shortly before a book of human proportions by him was published.

      Biog. II

      Graphic artist, painter and theoretician who formed an important link between Northern and Southern European art and who is regarded as the founder of German High Renaissance.

      As the son of a Nuremberg goldsmith, Dürer had mastered all manner of art and craft techniques at an early age. When he was fifteen, he started a four year apprenticeship with the painter and graphic artist Michael Wolgemut who, at that time, had quite a reputation. He worked in Wolgemut’s atelier on altar paintings, designs for stained-glass artists and woodcuts for illustrations in books.

      In 1490, as was tradition, the young artist set out on a long journey. He stayed in Basel for a long time and carried out book illustration assignments and mastered the sophisticated techniques of copper engraving and etching. Four years later he returned home and married Agnes Fey. The marriage, which his father had arranged, was a childless one. He soon left, this time to avoid the plague, and headed for Italy. There he learned to compose, discovered the wonders of perspective and the use of colours by the thriving Italian Renaissance painters. He became a personal friend of the Bellini brothers.

      Upon his return to the town of his birth he set up his own atelier and started selling his own engravings and etchings. Entirely in keeping with the Renaissance he was a keen student of science in his capacity of ‘homo universalis’ and wrote theoretical essays on the arts. He moved in circles of progressive humanist scholars and was a leading citizen in the influential free imperial city of Nuremberg. Holy Roman Emperor Maximiliaan enlisted Dürer into his service and paid him a substantial annual allowance.

      His last major trip took him to the Netherlands. Upon his return to Nuremberg he painted his most influential portraits and wrote theoretical works on the science of measurement, perspective and proportion. His death in 1528 marked the end of a very productive life during which he was acknowledged as the greatest German artist of his time. Indeed he is now regarded as not only the greatest of all German artists of all time but one of the greatest ever seen of page

      Dates of Important Works

      • Saint John's Church (1489)
      • Self-Portrait at 22 (1493)
      • House by a Pond (1496)
      • Frederick the Wise, Elector of Saxony (1496)
      • The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin (c.1496-1497)
      • Willow Mill (1496-1498)
      • Portrait of Dürer's Father at 70 (1497)
      • Self-Portrait at 26 (1498)
      • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Engraving) (1498)
      • Lot Fleeing with His Daughters from Sodom (c.1498)
      • The Paumgartner Altarpiece (c.1498-1504)
      • Portrait of Oswolt Krel (1499)

      • Self-Portrait at 28 (1500)
      • Lamentation for Christ (c.1500-1503)

      • A Young Hare (1502)
      • The Large Turf (1503)
      • The Jabach Altarpiece (c.1503-1504)

      • The Adoration of the Magi (1504)
      • The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand (1508)
      • The Adoration of the Holy Trinity (1511)

      • Knight, Death and the Devil (Engraving) (1513)
      • St. Jerome in His Study (Engraving) (1514)
      • Melencolia I (Engraving) (1514)

      • The Triumphal Arch (Woodcut Print) (1514)
      • Portrait of Bernard von Reesen (1521)
      • The Four Holy Men (1526)
      • Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher (1526)

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      albrecht durer / a monkey albrecht durer / a young hare, 1502 albrecht durer / adam and eve, oil on panel albrecht durer / adoration of the magi, 1504 albrecht durer / black and white bunny ii albrecht durer / blue crow, 1512 (wc & gouache on vellum)
      albrecht durer / bouquet of violets albrecht durer / charlemagne, charles the great (747-814) king of the franks, emperor of the west albrecht durer / christ on the cross albrecht durer / christ, aged twelve, among the scribes albrecht durer / eight studies of wild flowers albrecht durer / eve, 1507
      albrecht durer / hercules and the stymphalian birds, 1600 albrecht durer / innsbruck castle albrecht durer / kaiser maximilian i albrecht durer / lamentation over the dead christ for a glimm albrecht durer / landauer altarpiece, king david, 1511 (panel) albrecht durer / lion
      albrecht durer / paumgartner altarpiece, central panel, the nativity and members of the paumgartner family albrecht durer / portrait of a bearded man with a red hat albrecht durer / portrait of a man albrecht durer / portrait of a young man with a wide-brimmed hat, 1525 albrecht durer / portrait of oswolt krel, 1499 albrecht durer / praying hands
      albrecht durer / praying hands albrecht durer / saint jerome albrecht durer / selbstportät mit blume, 1493 albrecht durer / self portrait aged 28, 1500 albrecht durer / self portrait at the age of twenty-eight, 1500 albrecht durer / self-portrait with gloves, 1498
      albrecht durer / squirrels albrecht durer / st. philip the apostle, 1516 albrecht durer / study of a human skull, 1521 albrecht durer / study of a lily, 1526 albrecht durer / tall grass albrecht durer / the feast of the rosegarlands
      albrecht durer / the festival of the rosary, detail of the angel musician, 1506 albrecht durer / the flight into egypt albrecht durer / the four apostles albrecht durer / the good thief albrecht durer / the landauer altarpiece, all saints day, 1511 albrecht durer / the landauer altarpiece, all saints day, detail showing self portrait, 1511
      albrecht durer / the little owl, 1508 albrecht durer / the virgin praying albrecht durer / three studies of a bullfinch albrecht durer / view of nuremberg, 1496-97 albrecht durer / view of trente, 1494 albrecht durer / virgin and child 'madonna with the iris', 1508 (detail)

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      albrecht durer / self-portrait at the age of 28, 1500

      Albrecht Dürer
      Self-Portrait at 28

      albrecht durer / self-portrait at the age of 28, 1500

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      albrecht durer / virgin and child 'madonna with the iris', 1508

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      Virgin and Child

      albrecht durer / weierhaus

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      albrecht durer / young venetian woman

      Albrecht Dürer
      Young Venetian Woman

      albrecht durer albrecht durer / adam and eve albrecht durer / allegory of philosophy, 1502 albrecht durer / angel with lute albrecht durer / apollo, c. 1501-04 albrecht durer / apparatus for translating 3-d objects into two-dimensional drawings pub.1525 (woodcut)
      albrecht durer / bearing the cross, 1512 albrecht durer / christ before caiaphas, 1512 albrecht durer / crucifixion, 1511 albrecht durer / dancing peasants and a bagpipe player, 1514 albrecht durer / desiderius erasmus (1466-1536) of rotterdam, 1526 albrecht durer / instrument of mathematical precision for designing objects in perspective
      albrecht durer / instruments of mathematical precision for executing portraits albrecht durer / lamentation, 1507 albrecht durer / last judgement albrecht durer / madonna with a dragonfly, 1495 albrecht durer / man drawing a woman in a reclining position albrecht durer / maximilian I, emperor of germany (1459-1519), 1518 (woodcut)
      albrecht durer / melancolia 1, detail albrecht durer / melancolia, 1514 albrecht durer / monstrous pig albrecht durer / nude study (self portrait) albrecht durer / peasants dancing, 1514 albrecht durer / portrait of a man, aged ninety-three, 1521 (pen and ink)
      albrecht durer / portrait of desiderius erasmus (1469-1536) 1520 albrecht durer / praying hands albrecht durer / (r) philosophy, an enthroned female figure surrounded by a laurel wreath albrecht durer / resurrection, 1512 albrecht durer / rhinoceros, print given to maximilian I by the king of lisbon, 1515 albrecht durer / rhinocerous, no.76 from 'historia animalium' by conrad gesner (1516-65) published in July 1815
      albrecht durer / self portrait albrecht durer / siege of a fortress, 1527 albrecht durer / st. george and the dragon, 1508 albrecht durer / st. george and the dragon albrecht durer / st. hieronymus in his study albrecht durer / st. jerome in his study pulling a thorn from a lion's paw
      albrecht durer / st. john devouring the book albrecht durer / st. michael battling with the dragon from the apocalypse or the revelations of st. john the divine albrecht durer / the adoration of the shepherds (woodcut) albrecht durer / the apocalyptic woman albrecht durer / the bearing of the cross from the 'great passion' series, pub. 1511 (woodcut) albrecht durer / the beast with two horns like a lamb
      albrecht durer / the betrayal, 1508 albrecht durer / the death of orpheus, 1494 albrecht durer / the four horsemen of the apocalypse albrecht durer / the holy trinity, pub. 1511 (woodcut) albrecht durer / the lady and the gentleman albrecht durer / the last supper from the 'great passion' series, pub. 1511 (woodcut)
      albrecht durer / the last supper, pub. 1523 (woodcut) albrecht durer / the mass of st. gregory, christ appearing as the man of sorrows albrecht durer / the new jerusalem and the bottomless pit albrecht durer / the penitent st. jerome albrecht durer / the sea monster albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series (clockwise), christ before pilate, christ before herod, flagellation
      albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series (clockwise), ecce homo, pilate washing his hands albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series (clockwise), pentecost, last judgement, agony in the garden, pub. 1511 albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series (clockwise), the betrayal of christ, christ before annas albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series
      albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series (tl-br), the annunciation, the adoration of the shepherds albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series, (clockwise) christ expelling the moneychangers from the temple albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series, (clockwise), christ appears to the magdalen as a gardener albrecht durer / the 'small passion' series albrecht durer / the torture of st. john the evangelist, from the 'apocalypse' series
      albrecht durer / the virgin with the sleeping infant christ albrecht durer / the whore of babylon albrecht durer / the women's bath, 1496 albrecht durer / virgin mary suckling the christ child, 1512 (charcoal drawing) albrecht durer / vision of the seven candlesticks albrecht durer / willibald pirckheimer, 1524

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      Praying Hands of an Apostle


      Superb. Adaptation of Durer's famous drawing Praying Hands.

      • Medium: Collectible quality resin with hand-painted color details, matte and glossy finish
      • Dimensions: 6 1/4 in. High x 5 1/4 in. Wide x 3 in. Deep
      • Condition: New in box
      • Date of Creation: 1990-Now
      • Origin: Europe
      • Manufactured by: Parastone Mouseion

    • Included: Full color card with image of original artwork. Description card about artist and artwork. Both cards are in four languages.

      Beautifully rendered and constructed of fine collectible quality resin.

      In 1507, Dürer was commissioned by the wealthy merchant, Jacob Heller, to paint a triptych for the altar of the Dominican church in Frankfurt, based on the theme of the ascension of Mary. The ‘Heller altar’ was soon so famous that Elector Maximilian of Bavaria had the central panel added to his own art collection. The panel was lost in a fire in 1729, but well over twenty preliminary sketches have been preserved. Of these, the praying hands of an apostle is the most famous (see original picture)

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