Albrecht Dürer


DÜRER, SON OF a goldsmith of Hungarian descent, was born at Nuremberg in 1471. After a short apprenticeship in the goldsmith's trade he began his studies of art. Dürer worked in Basle, possibly in Strassburg, and later in Venice. Returning to Nuremberg he married; and with the growing burdens of a family applied himself industriously to the making of those engravings for which he is renowned. Of the wide European recognition that Dürer received in his lifetime, of that very special recognition by artists of the achievements of a brother in the arts which frequently characterized the Renaissance, there is no sweeter example than the reception tendered Dürer in Antwerp, as he has himself written of it.

"All their service was of silver, and they had other splendid ornaments and very costly meats. And as I was being led to the table the company stood on both sides as if they were leading some great lord. And there were among them men of very high position, who all treated me with respectful bows, and promised to do everything in their power agreeable to me that they knew of. . . . So when we had spent a long and merry time together till late at night, they accompanied us home with lanterns in great honour."

Dürer died suddenly in 1528 in his native city, deeply mourned by all who had come to know him.

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