Albrecht Dürer

Self Portrait
German painter, draftsman, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance,

Albrecht Dürer

was born,
May 21, 1471,
in the Franconian city of Nuremberg.

Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He was in communication with the major Italian artists of his time, including Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci, and from 1512 he was patronized by Emperor Maximilian I.
A brilliant artist, Dürer, created paintings and drawings of the highest quality and made major contributions to the development of printmaking, particularly engraving.
He has also been credited with inventing the basic principle of ray tracing, a technique used in modern computer graphics.
The vast body of work includes engravings, his preferred technique in his later prints, altarpieces, portraits and self-portraits, watercolours and books.

So here’s a glimpse of this extremely versatile artist work
Betende Hände

“What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things..”

Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher

“Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has the insight to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.”

Willow Mill

“Love and delight are better teachers than compulsion.”

Bearded Saint in a Forest

“Painting is a nail to which I fasAnd since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art.”

Bearing of the Cross

“From this [drawing], the treasure secretly gathered in your heart will become evident through your creative work.”

The Large Piece of Turf

“He that would be a painter must have a natural turn thereto. Love and delight therein are better of the Art of Painting than compulsion.”

Bildnis eines unbekannten Mannes

“No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty.”

Ansicht von Trient vom Norden

“If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.”

Saint Jerome

“I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.”

Melencolia I

“As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.”


“Some think that they know everybody, but they really don’t know themselves.”

Adorazione dei Magi

“The artist is chosen by God to fulfill his commands and must never be overwhelmed by public opinion.”

Adam and Eve

“The new art must be based upon science – in particular, upon mathematics, as the most exact, logical, and graphically constructive of the sciences.”

Portrait of Maximilian I

“There is no man on earth who can give a final judgment on what the most beautiful shape may be. Only God knows.”

Adoration of the Trinity (Landauer Altar)

“Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is a curse as well as a great blessing.”

Tuft of Cowslips

“But I shall let the little I have learnt go forth into the day in order that someone better than I may guess the truth, and in his work may prove and rebuke my error. At this I shall rejoice that I was yet a means whereby this truth has come to light.”

A Hedgehog (Erinaceus roumanicus)

“Art is embedded in nature and they who can extract it, have it.”

Virgin and child with a pear

“My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family.”

Portrait of Oswolt Krel

“An artist of understanding and experience can show more of his great power and art in small things roughly and rudely done, than many another in a great work. A man may often draw something with his pen on a half sheet of paper in one day… and it shall be fuller of art and better than another’s great work whereon he hath spent a whole year’s careful labor.”

Head of an Old Man

Deo Gratias

Johannes Ockeghem

Huelgas Ensemble • Paul Van Nevel

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    • Incredible talent indeed and so versatile! Looking at his paintings (as well as other master painters of that era) I wonder how much has painting progressed! Rhetoric of course because we haven’t added a grain since! So glad I introduced him to you, my dear Liz! 🤗😘

      • It does blow my mind that that the painters of that time were able to achieve so much realism and emotion in their work with relatively simple materials.

        • Oh yes… not to mention that they would make the pigments to work with. If they were fortunate enough to have rich patrons, they’d get better quality!

  1. “Melencolia” appears in some American secondary math textbooks because of the magic square in the upper right. The sum of the numbers in every row, column, and diagonal is 34. It’s true for opposite pairs of half-diagonals, too, like 2, 8, 9, 15. It’s also true of the four numbers in each corner quadrant, like 16, 3, 10, 5, and also the central quadrant of 10, 11, 7, 6. It works for the four corner numbers, too: 16, 13, 1, 4.

  2. This tributes section is glorious. Beautifully done. I hadnt seen a lot of these paintings, especially the botanical and naturalistic ones. Durer of course was another master.

  3. 1400’s!
    It’s mind boggling how far back sophisticates art and music go.
    Odd… there’s like 2 sides to humans; arts & wars!
    What talent this artist had. 😀 The Hare (also Her – a) is my absolute fave!

  4. I’ve only ever noticed Dürer’s realistic flora and fauna depictions, so I’d forgotten his era and the Da Vinci connection. Thanks for putting him in his rightful place for me! The self-portrait at the top is mesmerizing 🙂

    • I agree with you on the top self portrait. With these tributes I find it very interesting how I see and learn things I had missed… or least of all re-appreciate their work. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. 🙂

  5. I was obsessed with Durer when I was at art college. Initially to study his use of line. But I’m his nature studies have influenced my choice of subject for photography

  6. Again a wonderful introduction, Marina. What a fantastic talent he possessed. And his quotes are rather quotable, too (Stole one for my file 😉 )

    Love the music – Must put it aside for Sunday morning coffee…

  7. I have always been fascinated by Albrecht Durer, especially his connection to other artists of the Renaissance period: Raphael, Giovanni Bellini and Leonardo da Vinci. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had knowledge of their discussions and correspondence. Happy Birthdya Albrecht!! We still think you are amazing, centuries after your passing!!

  8. I love Albrecht Dürer. I saw a lot of his paintings in the Prado in Madrid, Spain and in the Louvre. I did a post in 2013 using one of his self portraits hanging in the Louvre as the equivalent of a male Mona Lisa:

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