Art Wednesday: Albercht Durer
|Self portrait at 26|
Painter during the Renaissance
Albrecht Durer was born in Nuremberg. His family came from Hungary, germanizing the family name of Thürer when they settled in Nuremberg soon after the middle of the 15th century. His father, also called Albrecht, was a goldsmith and served as assistant to Hieronymus Helfer, and in 1468 married his daughter Barbara. They had eighteen children, of whom Albrecht was the second. Albrecht's brother, Hans Durer, became a famous artist as well.
Durer started his career as the apprenticed to the principal painter of the town, Durer learned not only painting but also wood carving and elementary copper engraving. He married in 1494, an arranged marriage, then promptly left his wife in Nuremberg as he traveled to Italy to develop his etchings. A year later he returned to Nuremberg where he appeared to remain for approximately 10 years.
In early 1506 he returned to Venice, and stayed there until the spring of 1507. Durer's engravings had by this time attained great popularity and had begun to be copied. In 1512 Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor) became his patron and commissioned a number of large works increasing his popularity. In the latter part of his life he painted in the Netherlands, went to Brussels to paint the portrait of the King of Denmark and parts of Germany before returning home in 1521 due to illness.
His range of works is interesting - from the usual religious paintings that all Renaissances painters did, through to landscapes, the human form (experimenting and perfecting his skill) and to nature - "The Hare" (below) is one that is best known. He is now considered one of the greatest painters of the Northern Renaissance.
He died at the age of 56 leaving behind a large collection of paintings, etchings and books (both on mathematics and the human form).
|Self portrait at 28|
|An etching of Durer's mother|
|A portrait of a young Venetian woman|
|Hand study with Bible|
|Nuremberg woman dressed for church|
|The large turf|
|A parrot in three positions|
|Pond in the woods|
To for more examples of Durer art: http://www.albrecht-durer.org/
From now to the 9th of April 2012, the National Art Gallery in Canberra is exhibiting 70 paintings from the Renaissance period (link). My husband and I have our tickets booked and on the 27th of December we are going to see this wonderful collection of art from the - which will include works by Raphael, Botticelli, Bellini and Titian, sadly no Durer as it only covers Italian Renaissance painters.