1471 - 1528

Durer self-portrait


Albrecht Durer was a well-educated man and an experienced painter. Albrecht was a great artist in all areas of art.


Albrecht Durer was born in 1471 and died in 1528. He was 57 years old. Albrecht was born in Nuremburg, Germany. Albrecht's father was a goldsmith. The German painter (Durer) was under great tension. He had a nervous breakdown in 1519. Albrecht had a fertile imagination and was considered a Renaissance man. Albrecht spent years in northern Italy. He experimented with new technology. He became a Protestant.


Albrecht was a painter, draughtsman, goldsmith, musician and a writer. He did 200 woodcuts and 100 line engravings. Albrecht was a designer and studied anatomy, mathematics, proportions, perspective and he completed a manual of geometry. He also designed the first flying machine.

Durer was a graphic artist and made religious themes and altar pieces. He was one of the first to use tempera and oil glazes. Some of his great works are his Self-Portrait and Adam and Eve. Some of his others are Melainelalia which was painted in 1514, Knight, Death, and the Devil which was painted in 1513 and The Four Horsemen which was painted in 1498.


He was one of the greatest northern Renaissance painters and made a huge impact on all artists with his use of tempera and oil glazes.

Another of Durer's famous paintings: The Adoration of the Magi


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Written by Lee and Dustin, Grade 8, Riverdale Junior Secondary School.