Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528)

Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 – April 6, 1528) was a German painter and mathematician, printmaker, draughtsman and art theorist, generally regarded as the greatest German Renaissance artist. He was born as the third son of the Hungarian goldsmith who had between fourteen and eighteen children. His father was a successful goldsmith, who in 1455 had moved to Nuremberg from Ajtós in Hungary. The German name "Dürer" is derived from the Hungarian, "Ajtósi". After a few years of school, Dürer started to learn the basics of goldsmithing and drawing from his father. But he showed such a precocious talent in drawing that he started as an apprentice to Michael Wolgemut at the age of fifteen in 1486. Wolgemut was the leading artist in Nuremberg at the time. Nuremberg was a prosperous city, a centre for publishing and many luxury trades. It had strong links with Italy, especially Venice.

Very soon after his return to Nuremberg, on July 7, 1494, at the age of 23, Dürer was married to Agnes Frey. She was the daughter of a prominent brass worker in the city. The nature of his relationship with his wife is unclear, but it would not seem to have been a love match, and his portraits of her lack warmth. They had no children.

Albrecht Dürer Paintings

Adoration of the Magi Adoration of the Magi (detail) Adoration of the Magi (detail) Adoration of the Magi (detail) Alliance Coat of Arms of the Dürer and Holper Families Christ Among the Doctors Christ Among the Doctors (detail) Christ Among the Doctors (detail) Christ Among the Doctors (detail) Christ as the Man of Sorrows Combined Coat-of-Arms of the Tucher and Rieter Families Courtyard of the Former Castle in Innsbruck with Clouds