Albrecht Dürer

 1471 Born in Nuremberg, the son of a goldsmith.

1483 While apprenticed to his father he makes, at the age of 13 his famous self-portrait in silverpoint.

1486 After completing his apprenticeship with his father, the young Dürer enters the workshop of the painter Michael Wolgemut.

1489 Completes his apprenticeship with Wolgemut.

1492 Dürer is in Basel working on woodcuts for illustrations to Sebastian Brandt’s book Narrenschyff (Ship of Fools).

1493 Leaves Basel for Strasbourg where he continues to produce woodcuts.

1494 Returns to Nuremberg; marries Agnes Frey; travels to Venice.

1496 After his return to Nuremberg he receives major commissions from the Elector of Saxony.

1498 Publishes The Apocalypse with 15 full page woodcuts. The project is an immediate success and his fame spreads throughout Europe.

1505 Travels again to Italy, staying first in Padua and then to Venice.

1506 Dürer completes an altarpiece for the German church in Venice. Travels to Bologna and possibly onward to Rome.

1507 Returns to Nuremberg.

1513 The engraving The Knight, Death and the Devil is completed.

1514 Dürer produces his masterpiece engraving Melencolia. His mother dies.

1515 The Holy Roman Emperor grants Dürer a pension of 100 florins as payment for a huge woodcut of The Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I.

1519 The Emperor Maximilian dies and with him goes Dürer’s pension.

1520 Travels to Antwerp accompanied by his wife. Meets the Governor of the Low Countries, Margaret of Austria. Attends the coronation of Emperor Charles V at Aachen. Charles reinstates Dürer’s pension.

1525–27 Dürer publishes a treatise on geometry followed by one on fortifications.

1528 Dürer dies in Nuremberg.


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Albrecht Dürer - Selected Works

1484 Self Portrait at 13 (Silverpoint), Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina

1493 Self Portrait with a Thistle, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1495 St Jerome, London, National Gallery

1497 Portrait of the Painter’s Father at 70, London, National Gallery

1497 The Pool in the Woods, London, British Museum

1497 View of Nuremberg, Bremen, Kunsthalle

1498 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Engraving)

1498 Self Portrait at 26, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1500 Self Portrait in a Fur-Collared Robe, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1502 Young Hare, Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina

1503 Lamentation for Christ, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1503 Paumgartner Altarpiece , Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1504 Adoration of the Magi, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi

1504 Piper and Drummer, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz Museum

1505 Portrait of a Young Venetian Lady, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1506 Altarpiece of the Rose Garlands, Prague, Národní Gallerie

1506 Christ Among the Doctors, Madrid, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

1506 Madonna with a Siskin, Berlin, Staatliche Museen

1507 Adam and Eve, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1508 Martyrdom of the Ten Thousand, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1508 Study of an Apostle’s Hands (Praying Hands), Vienna, Graphische Sammlung Albertina

1511 Adoration of the Trinity, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1512 Virgin and Child with a Pear, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1513 Knight, Death and the Devil (Engraving), Karlsruhe, Staatliche Kunsthalle

1514 Melancholia 1 (Engraving), New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1515 The Rhinoceros (Woodcut), London, British Museum

1519 Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian I, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1519 Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1526 The Four Apostles, Munich, Alte Pinakothek

1526 Portrait of Johannes Kleberger , Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1526 Erasmus of Rotterdam (Engraving) , Washington DC , National Gallery of Art

Albrecht Dürer - Featured Paintings

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