Albrecht Dürer - A Renaissance Painter

written on 30/07/2020
by Gabi Breitenbach

No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty - Albrecht Dürer

Albrecht Dürer was born in the city of Nuremberg, a lively cultural and commercial centre in 15th century Germany. He was the third of eighteen children. Originally taught to draw by his father who was a goldsmith, he seems to have inherited a desire for fine detail in that craft.

Although Dürer became one of the greatest oil painters of the Northern Renaissance, he is equally famous for his exquisite watercolours, engravings and woodcut prints. He is considered to be an artist whose love for meticulous detail was unparalleled in the art world of the Renaissance.

One of his most famous masterpieces is his self-portrait, which he painted at the age of 28. He depicts himself in a Christ-like manner which was very unusual at that time. This painting can be admired at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.

Albrecht Dürer was one of the first artists to view animals as a subject worthy of attention and he demonstrates this across a range of watercolours and prints that have become hugely popular and frequently reproduced.

(Animals were not generally considered to be appropriate subjects for serious art until the eighteenth century.)

‘The Wing of a Blue Roller' is one such example of his remarkable drawing skills. It is a beautiful watercolour painting that accurately captures the structure, texture and shimmering color of the bird's feathers.

Visit Albrecht Dürer's house in Nürnberg

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