Dürer, Albrecht ___ 1471-1528 ___ German ___ painter

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Dürer was born in Nuremberg, one of many sons, to a successful Hungarian goldsmith. After some training with his father, he was apprenticed to the painter and woodcut designer Michael Wolgemut for three years, from 1486-1489. He then spent five years travelling around Germany, Switzerland and Italy meeting other artists. In 1494, Dürer married Agnes Frey, the daughter of a wealthy jeweller and musical instrument maker, and, settled in Nuremberg (although he visited Italy again in 1505-1507). He opened his own workshop to produce high quality prints, and was eventually elected a member of the Nuremberg Greater Council. He produced his famous 'Apocalypse' series of woodcuts in 1498. During the next two decades, he produced further series such as 'Life of the Virgin', the 'Great Passion' and the 'Little Passion'. Dürer received commissions for several projects from the Emperor Maximilian I who granted him an annuity in 1515. In 1520-21, after Maxmillian's death, Dürer travelled with his wife to the Netherlands to see Charles V, and succeeded in getting his annuity restored. During the journey, he wrote a very detailed diary. In the latter years of his life, he developed ideas of art theory and mathematics, publishing several books, 'Treatise of Measurement' for example, and produced some monumental works such as the 'Four Apostles'.
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1520-1521 ___ social travel art royalty Holland

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Diary of his Journey to the Netherlands, 1520-1521
 

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