Albrecht Durer Fact 1:
Albrecht Durer was
born on May 21st 1471 during the
Renaissance period in history which
began in Northern Italy during the
Albrecht Durer Fact 2: His
godfather, Anton Koberger, who had
also been a goldsmith, left this
trade and became a printer and
Albrecht Durer Fact 3: His first
recognized works were woodcut prints
of a very high quality.
Albrecht Durer Fact 4: It is
believed he began his travels in
1490, effectively he was doing the
grand tour of Europe.
Albrecht Durer Fact 5: He would
first travel to Italy in late 1494.
It is thought he may have left
Nuremberg as a result of his
arranged marriage to Agnes Frey, the
daughter of an outstanding brass
worker, as he travelled without his
Albrecht Durer Fact 6: It is also
thought this visit to Italy was
prompted by an outbreak of the
Albrecht Durer Fact 7: His
woodcut prints would gain him
recognition across Europe when
was a young man in his early
Albrecht Durer Fact 8: During his
travels Albrecht Durer visited the Netherlands
Albrecht Durer Fact 9:
Albrecht Durer would
also visit Strasbourg where he met Nikolaus Gerhaert, a sculptor who
was originally from the Netherlands.
Albrecht Durer Fact 10: Much of
his work was influenced by other
artists he had met on his numerous travels, in
particular his frequent trips to Italy.
Albrecht Durer Fact 11: While in
Italy he met Michael Wolgemut, with
whom he was apprenticed and who was
also the leading artist, at that
time, in Nuremberg.
Albrecht Durer Fact 12: Michael
Wolgemut was born in Nuremberg and
was a printmaker and painter.
Albrecht Durer Fact 13: Upon his
return to Nuremberg Albrecht Durer would
establish his own workshop.
Albrecht Durer Fact 14: Nuremberg
was during this time a very
prosperous city, a center for trades
in luxury items and in close
proximity to Venice.
Albrecht Durer Fact 15: His
father died in 1502 and his mother
died in 1513.
Albrecht Durer Fact 16: Some of
his most famous work are that of his
woodcut prints, largely depicting
Albrecht Durer Fact 17: In 1500,
Jacopo de’ Barbari visited with
Albrecht, having made each other’s
acquaintance in Venice and where de’
Barbari’s latest advances in
perspective, proportion and anatomy
Albrecht had learnt. He began his
own studies on these techniques when
Jacopo was less than forthcoming
with further details.
Albrecht Durer Fact 18:
Albrecht Durer would
become a renowned mathematician and
produced several books on the topic,
The Four Books on Measurement.
Albrecht Durer Fact 19: His
fourth book would be dedicated to
theories of movement.
Albrecht Durer Fact 20: Date of
Death – April 6th 1528
Notable Events of the Renaissance
and during the life of Albrecht
Albrecht Durer Fact 21: Place of
Death – Nuremberg, Germany
Richard III becoming
King of England.
The Battle of
Bosworth and the first Tudor monarch
to ascend to the throne of England,
Leonardo di Vinci, in
Milan, finishes The Last Supper.
List of Famous Works by Albrecht
Portrait of Barbara Durer c.1490
Portrait of Durer’s Father c.1490
Self Portrait c.1493
Man of Sorrows c.1493
Virgin and Child before an Archway
Portrait of St Sebastian with an
Jabach Altarpiece c.1503-1504
Adam and Eve c.1507
The Suicide of Lucretia c.1518
St Jerome in His Study c.1521
Way to Calvary c.1527
Conversion of Paul c.1494
The Holy Family with the Dragonfly
Hercules at the Crossroad
St George on Horseback c.1508
Madonna by the Wall c. 1514
Erasmus of Rotterdam c.1526
Title page to the second Latin
Edition of 1511
The four angels of Death c.1496-1498
Christ Taking Leave of His Mother
Christ in Limbo c.1510
The Ascension c.1510
The Last Judgment c. 1510