Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer was an innovative German artist from the 15th and 16th century

Durer was a highly talented individual who put his creative skills into several different art mediums, most notably painting and engraving.

The most famous art works to have come from the career of Albrecht Durer include Knight, Death, and the Devil, Saint Jerome in his Study, Melancholia I, Durer's Rhinoceros and Hare.

This website looks deep into the career of Albrecht Durer, far beyond just these well known works and also disucsses his life in general too.

German art to a certain degree followed in the footsteps of Italian art during this period shortly after the Middle Ages and it was rare for someone from outside of Italy to produce work that was so fundamentally important to the development of European art styles.

It was only later that Germany consistently produced international artists of note, with the likes of Hans Holbein and Franz Marc, to name just two. Franz Marc came at the start of the 20th century, some 400 years after the impact of Durer had been first felt.

Albrecht Durer is probably regarded as one of, if not the, most skillful etcher in history and you will find many images of this type of art medium within this website, as they take up a large percentage of his best works.

Melancholia is the best of his etchings and has received huge amounts of discussion and research in order to decide upon the possible symbolism and beliefs of the artist which are displayed within the art work. You can also find Albrecht Durer paintings here.

Etchings were a very popular method of art during the period in which Durer was around, but in recent years there have been less and less take up of this demanding medium, in part due to the fact that colour is now so important for most modern artists, and this type of woodblock etchings doesn't offer the same flexibility as something like oil on canvas.

Despite this, there is still a significant following across the world for traditional etchings, and Durer is certainly at the forefront of that.

Iris

Iris is a delicate painting which beautifully captures the qualities of the pretty iris flower, which has also been covered by many other artists over the years. Most famously Van Gogh irises covered the natural French landscape where as this is a carefully planned still life work which has few obvious comparisons within the rest of his career.

Whilst Van Gogh's version was bold and aggressive with colour, Durer used a far more subtle approach which matches the styles commonly seen at that time, where detail was considered more important than colour.

When considering the impact that Albrecht Durer's career had on European art it is unsurprising to learn that reproductions of his original etchings and paintings remain massively popular right around the world, and the art that you find within this website are his most popular of all.

Most artists who were around at this time have been subject to considerable quesion marks when trying to correctly attribute work to them, but fortunately there is not as much controversy surrounding this artist, so the boundaries of his work is much clearer.

Apocalypse the Four Horsemen

Apocalypse of the Four Horsemen is another classic piece from Albrecht Durer and well worth a closer look. The Apocalypse of the Four Horsemen etching is incredibly detailed and would have taken an artist even as skilled as Durer a considerable amount of time to produce such a piece.

If you want to see more of his etchings besides those listed in this website, please use the links provided which will take you through to the Art.com Durer gallery which has many more to enjoy.

Albrecht Durer can be considered as the leading light within the Northern Renaissance and helped to encourage it's development in many different areas that had not been previously covered such as with his extraordinary portraits and self-portraits.

Durer was also a mathmetician and printmaker though most of his art benefitted from his basic drawing skills which are generally an important foundation to so many other art movements which add extra artistic layers on top.

Minster at Aachen

Minster at Aachen is one of the best examples of Durer's fine drawing skills and is a detailed depiction of this well known building which was local to where he was living at that time. Durer was not some who remained in the same place for too long, though, and would journey around the German Empire as it was then plus Italy too in order to discover as many new ideas as possible to ensure his art was truly enlightened and cutting edge.

The original etchings and paintings from Albrecht Durer have become exceedingly popular in recent years right acros Europe and North America, with his repuation as a skilled and influential artist remaining strong. As a result there are regular reproductions purchased as copies of original Albrecht Durer art, with great interest in both prints of his detailed etchings and original paintings alike. There are also Albrecht Durer prints here.

Parrot in Three Positions

Parrot in Three Positions

Annunciation

Annunciation

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Map of the Northern Sky Constellations

Map of the Northern Sky Constellations

Knight Death and the Devil

Knight Death and the Devil

Nativity

Nativity

Melancholia

Melancholia

Portrait

Portrait

Virgin and Child

Virgin and Child

Engraving

Engraving

Father

Father

Wife Agnes

Wife Agnes

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Apocalypse Woodcut

Apocalypse Woodcut

Apocalypse St John Before God the Father

Apocalypse St John Before God the Father

Opening of the Seventh Seal

Opening of the Seventh Seal

Seven-Headed and Ten-Horned Dragon

Seven-Headed and Ten-Horned Dragon

Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives

Jesus Christ on the Mount of Olives

List of Famous Albrecht Durer

Please see below for a summarised list of the best Albrecht Durer paintings that are featured throughout this website.

  • The Little Owl
  • The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
  • The Knight Death And The Devil
  • Melancholy
  • Hands
  • Self Portrait
  • Wing of a Roller
  • Self Portrait At 26
  • Durer's Mother
  • Nativity
  • Great Piece of Turf
  • Young Hare
  • St Michaels Fight Against The Dragon
  • Self-Portrait II
  • Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat
  • Adam and Eve (The Fall of Man)
  • Feet Of A Kneeling Man
  • Apollo And Diana
  • Adoration of the Trinity
  • Study Of Drapery
  • Durer's Wife Agnes
  • Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand
  • View of Arco
  • Hand