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Albrecht Dürer Posters, Books, Video, Links for Learning
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Albrecht Durer Self Portrait, age 13, Giclee Print
Albrecht Dürer,
age 13, 1484,
Giclee Print

Albrecht Dürer
b. 5-21-1471; Nuremberg, Germany
d. 4-6-1528

Albrecht Dürer is an early Renaissance artist best known today for his prints from woodcuts and copper engraving.

Dürer, the most gifted painter and engraver of the German Renaissance and Reformation period was born in Nuremberg. He learned the techniques of engraving in the workshop of his father, a goldsmith, before being apprenticed in 1486 to the realistic Flemish painter Michael Wolgemuth. Dürer's earliest recognized work was a self-portrait painted at the age of thirteen. It was the first in a series that continued throughout his life, indicative of an introspective self-analysis. By 1493, after a trip to Colmar where he admired the paintings and engravings of Martin Schongauer, his self-portraits indicated a questioning and deeply thoughtful spirit. Dürer went to Venice for the first time in 1494 bringing back with him copies of Mantegna's works and many watercolor and pencil sketches of nature.

The Renaissance ideal of the complete man - the artist as scholar and gentleman - appealed to Dürer who had begun his lifelong search for new ideas, theories, and techniques, and for the solution to the problem of combining realism with abstract concepts.

Illustration from Durer's 'Four Books on Measurement', Published in 1525, Giclee Print
Illustration from Durer's
'Four Books on Measurement', Published in 1525, Giclee Print

Upon his return to Nuremberg, where he remained for ten years, he devoted himself largely to the making of woodcuts and engravings, refining the woodcut to a degree hitherto unknown and raising it to the highest form of graphic art. His prints were distributed all over Europe and when he returned to Italy in 1505, he was received with respect and admiration. Dürer worked and studied in Venice and Bologna for two years, then returned to Nuremberg where he remained until 1520 when he made a trip to the Low Countries to study the older Flemish masters.

Dürer's paintings are beautifully composed, masterfully lit, and rhythmically strong. He sought a fusion between the spirit of the Renaissance and that of the Reformation in serious, moral, and often symbolic subjects. During his later years he devoted considerable time to writing and illustrating a book on theories of art based on Piero della Francesca's earlier work with perspective. In his final period, as he became more firmly certain of the truth of the idea of the Reformation, his work grew more and more austere in manner and subject. “The Four Apostles”, called his “testament,” was painted in 1526 and this powerfully classical work seems to reconcile the northern Reformation with Italian classical painting.

“I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.” ~ Albrecht Dürer

Albert Durer, Self-Portrait, 1493, Giclee Print
Albert Dürer,
Age 22, 1493,
Giclee Print

Albrecht Durer, Self Portrait with Gloves, 1498, Giclee Print
Albrecht Dürer,
Age 26, 1498,
Giclee Print

Albrecht Durer, Age 28, 1500, Giclee Print
Albrecht Dürer,
Age 28, 1500,
Giclee Print

Albrecht Durer, Age 55, 1527, Giclee Print
Albrecht Dürer,
Age 55, 1527,
Giclee Print


Praying Hands, Albrecht Durer, Giclee Print
Praying Hands,
Giclee Print

Adam & Eve, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
Adam & Eve
Giclee Print

Instrument of Mathematical Precision for Designing Objects in Perspective, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
Instrument of Mathematical Precision for Designing Objects
in Perspective,
Albrecht Dürer,
Giclee Print

Instrument of Mathematical Precision for Designing Objects in Perspective, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
Scene from Durer's “Course in the Art of Drawing”, Published Nuremberg 1525,
Giclee Print

The Dürer Grid
The Dürer Grid

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Instrument of Mathematical Precision for Designing Objects in Perspective, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
The Hare,
Albrecht Durer,
Art Print

Rhinoceros, 1515, Durer Etching, Giclee Print
Rhinoceros, 1515,
Giclee Print

Three Studies of a bullfinch, Albrecht Durer, Giclee Print
Three Studies
of a Bullfinch,
Giclee Print

Wing of a Blue Roller, 1512 Albrecht Durer, Giclee Print
Wing of a Blue Roller, 1512, Albrecht Durer, Giclee Print

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Portrait of a man, aged ninety-three, 1521 (pen and ink), Giclee Print
Portrait of a Man, aged ninety-three, 1521, Giclee Print

Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1514, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1514,
Giclee Print

My Agnes, Durer's Wife Depicted as a Girl, 1495, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
My Agnes, Durer's Wife Depicted as a Girl, 1495, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print

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The Four Apostles Albrecht Durer, Giclee Print
The Four Apostles Albrecht Durer
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Allegory of Philosophy, 1502 by Albrecht Durer-Giclee Print
Allegory of Philosophy, 1502
Giclee Print

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Melancholia, 1514, Albrecht Durer copper engraving, Giclee Print
Melancholia, 1514, Albrecht Dürer copper engraving, Giclee Print

The Sun, The Moon and a Basilisk, Around 1512, Albrecht Dürer, Giclee Print
The Sun, The Moon and a Basilisk, Around 1512
Giclee Print

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Dancing Peasants, Giclee Print
Dancing Peasants, Giclee Print

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Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) of Rotterdam, 1526, Giclee Print
Desiderius Erasmus
of Rotterdam, 1526,
Giclee Print

Desiderius Erasmus
b. 10-27-1466; Rotterdam
d. 7-12-1536; Basel

Desiderius Erasmus was a humanist - a teacher of grammar, rhetoric, moral philosophy, poetry and history as studied via classical authors, and a theologian.

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Books : Albrecht Durer

The Life and Art of Albrecht Durer, Panofsky - a comprehensive study of painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), the greatest exponent of northern European Renaissance art. Although an important painter, Dürer was most renowned for his graphic works. Artists across Europe admired and copied his innovative and powerful prints, ranging from religious and mythological scenes to maps and exotic animals. The book covers Dürer's entire career in exacting detail. (book description)

Nature's Artist: Plants and Animals - A master graphic artist, Albrecht Dürer was the most important artist of the Northern Renaissance. Although he was extremely influential as a printer, his drawings and paintings reveal a profound scientific curiosity about and sensitivity to the world around him. This collection of sketches and watercolors includes thirty-four animal and plant studies, including the masterpieces, "Hare" and "Large Patch of Grass." Victoria Salley’s lively essay explores Dürer’s interest in nature and the gorgeous reproductions which follow allow readers to appreciate the intricate beauty of Dürer’s work as well as his keen powers of observation—traits which continue to inspire and instruct artists today. (book description)

Albrecht Durer's Renaissance: Humanism, Reformation, and the Art of Faith - comprehensive analysis of Renaissance humanism as the foundation for Dürer's religious art and, in particular, for Dürer's reception of the Reformation movements, an innovative study of the relationships between text and image, and a pioneering assessment of the representation of Jews in Dürer's religious art.

The History of the Life of Albrecht Dürer of Nürnberg: With a translation of his letters and journal, and some account of his works - facsimile reprint of a 1870 edition.

The Complete Engravings, Etchings and Drypoints of Albrecht Durer -

Albrecht Durer and His Legacy: The Graphic Work of a Renaissance Artist -

The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer -

Of the Just Shaping of Letters by Albrecht Durer - historically important little book is principally concerned with setting up precise rules for the geometric construction of Roman capitals.

Albrecht Dürer and the Venetian Renaissance - examines twenty-five paintings by the German artist in an effort to reevaluate his relationship to contemporary Italian art and Durer's status as a painter by explaining how Durer appropriated Venetian techniques.

Albrecht Dürer (Postcard Book) -

The Woodcut Artist's Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking - The history of the woodcut goes back over a thousand years. Working carefully with great precision, the woodcut artist carves a mirror image of a design on wood or other suitable material. Then the design is inked and pressed against paper. The technique allows the artist to create an almost unlimited number of impressions of the same work. The precision of the work and the ability of the artist to create multiple impressions allow many fine woodcut artists to create pieces at a reasonable price that an average collector can afford.

The Woodcut Artist's Handbook provides the basics of this craft with a detailed analysis of the tools and the media. Artists can improve or develop considerable skill in this art by following these instructions and helpful tips. Beginners and advanced woodcutters and collectors will gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for this craft and this art.


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Illustration from Durer's 'Four Books on Measurement', Published in 1525 , Giclee Print
Illustration from Durer's
'Four Books on Measurement', Published in 1525, Giclee Print

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