b.May 21, 1471, Imperial Free City of Nernberg [Germany]
d.April 6, 1528, Nernberg
Albrecht Durer (May 21, 1471 ?C April 6, 1528) was a German painter, printmaker and theorist from Nuremberg. His still-famous works include the Apocalypse woodcuts, Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513), Saint Jerome in his Study (1514) and Melencolia I (1514), which has been the subject of extensive analysis and interpretation. His watercolours mark him as one of the first European landscape artists, while his ambitious woodcuts revolutionized the potential of that medium. D??rer introduction of classical motifs into Northern art, through his knowledge of Italian artists and German humanists, have secured his reputation as one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. This is reinforced by his theoretical treatise which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.
His prints established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties, and he has been conventionally regarded as the greatest artist of the Renaissance in Northern Europe ever since.
Head of an Apostle Looking Downward
1508 Brush drawing with white highlights on a dark ground, 316 x 229 mm Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna Study for the Heller Altar. This was a type that long interested D?rer and is still discernible in the head of St Paul in the Munich paintings of Apostles. All the forms contribute with unusual power to the unified expression.Artist:D?RER, Albrecht Title: Head of an Apostle Looking Downward Painted in 1501-1550 , German - - graphics : study