Friday, March 18, 2011

Albrecht Durer-Master Renaissance Artist

Durer (1471-1528)is considered by many experts to be the greatest Renaissance artist of Northern Europe. This self portrait at age 28 is an excellent example of his painting style.

He is also known for his many elaborate engravings. In this close up detail of "Knight, Death and the Devil." Durer's skills and fine hand at engraving are abundantly clear.

"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," Death, Famine, War and Plague was on of his most famous works. A vision of the horrors facing mankind through the ages, it is as relevant to day as when he created the original engraving.

Self portrait at age 26

Symbolism gone wild: Melencolia 1
(note his magic square under the bell)

Another field in which he excelled was in mathematics. In Durer's "Magic Square'" all the lines (horizontal and vertical) and diagonals will add to 34.

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