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.


Albrecht Dürer and others, The Triumphal Arch, c. 1515, woodcut printed from 192 individual blocks, 357 x 295 cm, Germany © Trustees of the British Museum.
Emperor Maximilian I employed Dürer to create a Triumphal Arch. It remains one of the largest prints ever produced.

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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