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Albrecht Durer

  • German artist
  • Born May 21, 1471
  • Died April 6, 1528

Albrecht Dürer (; German: [ˈʔalbʁɛçt ˈdyːʁɐ]; 21 May 1471 – 6 April 1528) sometimes spelt in English as Durer or Duerer, without umlaut, was a painter, printmaker, and theorist of the German Renaissance. Born in Nuremberg, Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still 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. Dürer is commemorated by both the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches.


Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ.




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.




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




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




And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art.




Sane judgment abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetrated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence.




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.




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




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.




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




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



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