Albrecht Dürer

The German artist Albrecht Dürer is known for his paintings as well as his masterful prints. Dürer’s revitalization of print-making techniques brought him fame throughout Europe and beyond. His woodcuts and engravings, in particular, drew innovatively on classical motifs and forms, and he is hailed as one of the leading figures of the Northern Renaissance.

Angel, Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen, from The Apocalypse,1498, woodcut, 38.7 x 27.9 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Dürer combined the corporeality of Italian art with the detail and emotive narration of northern European art.

Who was Albrecht Dürer?

Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia I-detail
Genius is tricky business. In this psychological self-portrait, Dürer captures an imagination paralyzed by inertia.

Albrecht Dürer, Melencolia

Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve- detail
It’s the oldest story in the book, but Dürer made it new. Printed in multiple, his creation traveled far and wide.

Albrecht Dürer, Adam and Eve