Top Ten Paintings by Albrecht Dürer

Top Ten Paintings by Albrecht Dürer

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       Albrecht Dürer (May 21, 1471 – April 6, 1528) was a German painter, wood carver and engraver. He is best known for his woodcuts in series, including the Apocalypse (1498), two series on the crucifixion of Christ, the Great Passion (1498-1510) and the Little Passion (1510-11) as well as many of his individual prints, such as Knight, Death, and the Devil (1513) and Melancholia I (1514). He was born in Nuremberg. His family came from Hungary, germanizing the family name of Thürer when they settled in Nuremberg soon after the middle of the 15th century. His father, also called Albrecht, was a goldsmith and served as assistant to Hieronymus Helfer, and in 1468 married his daughter Barbara. They had eighteen children, of whom Albrecht was the second. Albrecht’s brother, Hans Dürer, became a famous artist as well. At the age of fifteen Dürer was apprenticed to the principal painter of the town, Michael Wolgemut, a prolific if undistinguished producer of small works in the late Gothic style. Dürer learned not only painting but also wood carving and elementary copper engraving under Wolgemut. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1490 he travelled (Wanderjahre). In 1492 he arrived in Colmar, intending to study under Martin Schöngauer, a well regarded painter-engraver of his time. He found that Schongauer had died the previous year, but he was received kindly by the family of the deceased master there and in Basel. Under them he evidently had some practice both in metal-engraving and in furnishing designs for the woodcutter. He left Basel some time in 1494 and travelled briefly in the Low Countries before he returned to Nuremberg. From this period, little of the work that can be attributed to him with certainty survives.

  1. Adam and Eve (1507)

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  2. Christ Among the Doctors (1506)

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  3. Altarpiece of the Rose Garlands (1506)

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  4. The Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand (1508)

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  5. Portrait of Durer’s Father at 70 (1497)

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  6. Self-Portrait (1498)

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  7. The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin (1497)

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  8. Virgin and Child (1495)

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  9. Portrait of Maximilian I (1519)

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  10. Saint James the Apostle (1516)

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  11. Madonna of the Pear (1526)

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  12. Portrait of Johannes Kleberger

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  13. Pond in the Woods (1496)

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