Thursday, March 8, 2018

Behind the Artist: Albrecht Dürer

From Park West Gallery:
Born in 1471 in Nuremberg, Germany, Dürer found an interest in art at an early age under the tutelage of his father, a successful goldsmith. He later apprenticed with Michael Wolgemut, a popular artist who ran a workshop specializing in the production of woodcut illustrations for various books and publications.

Following his apprenticeship, Dürer traveled extensively throughout Europe. He first visited Italy in 1494, where he was greatly influenced by the artistic works of the Italian Renaissance, particularly the naturalistic ways artists portrayed proportion, perspective, and human anatomy.
Dürer eventually returned to Nuremberg where he opened a workshop. Just a few years later, Dürer completed an original woodcut series that would bring him his first critical and popular success—1498’s “The Apocalypse.” It was quickly followed by two other acclaimed series—“The Large Passion” (1497-1500) and “Life of the Virgin” (c. 1501-1510)—all of which were heavily collected, spreading Dürer’s reputation as a talented artist. (Read more.)

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