Saturday, June 9, 2012

Durer, Albrecht

A Young Hare
Watercolor and gouache on paper
25 x 23 cm
Durer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna

Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) was a German painter.
Dürer's 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 treatises, which involve principles of mathematics, perspective and ideal proportions.

Dürer exerted a huge influence on the artists of succeeding generations, especially in printmaking, the medium through which his contemporaries mostly experienced his art, as his paintings were predominately in private collections located in only a few cities. His success in spreading his reputation across Europe through prints were undoubtedly an inspiration for major artists such as Raphael, Titian, and Parmigianino, all of whom collaborated with printmakers in order to promote and distribute their work.