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Durer, Albrecht

Born: 1471 AD
Died: 1528 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Artists, Painters

1471 – Albrecht Durer, born on the 21st of May in Imperial Free City of Nürnberg, Germany. A painter and printmaker generally regarded as the greatest German Renaissance artist.

1484 – 1485 – His precocious skill is evidenced by a remarkable self-portrait done, when he was 13 years old (Albertina, Vienna), and by a “Madonna with Musical Angels,” done, which is already a finished work of art in the late Gothic style.

1490 – He completed his earliest known painting, a portrait of his father (Uffizi, Florence) that heralds the familiar characteristic style of the mature master.

1493 – 1494 -He was in Strasbourg for a short time, returning again to Basel to design several book illustrations.

       – An early masterpiece from this period is a self-portrait with a thistle painted on parchment (Louvre, Paris).

1494 – At the end of May, he returned to Nürnberg, where he soon married Agnes Frey, the daughter of a merchant.

1504 – One of his most significant classical endeavours is his painting “Altar of the Three Kings”, which was executed with the help of pupils.

1506 – One of his most impressive small paintings of this period, a compressed half-length composition of the “Young Jesus with the Doctors”, harks back to Bellini’s free adaptation of Mantegna’s “Presentation in the Temple.”

       – In Venice, He completed his great altarpiece “The Feast of the Rose Garlands” for the funeral chapel of the Germans in the church of St. Bartholomew.

1528 – Died on the 6th of April, and was buried in the churchyard of Johanniskirchhof in Nürnberg.