Albrecht Dürer

(German, 1471–1528)

Albrecht Dürer is widely considered to be one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance. In his engraving Melencolia I (1514), an enigmatic scene unfolds, in which a brooding angel sits near geometrically hewn stones, a demon flies overheard, and a sleeping hound wedges itself between tools and scientific instruments. “Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has the insight to extract it,” he once mused. “Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.” Born on May 21, 1471 in Nuremberg, Germany, Dürer was trained as an engraver from an early age and began receiving regular commissions by his early 20s. He went on to create several important altarpieces and portraits of his patrons, including the Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian I and Charles V. Over the course of his career, Dürer revolutionized woodcut, drawing, and painting techniques, with works that include Adam and Eve (1507) and Praying Hands (1508). He died in Nuremberg, Germany on April 6, 1528 at the age of 56. Today, Dürer’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Albrecht Dürer House in Nuremberg, among others.

Albrecht Dürer : Christ Among the Doctors at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Durer German (1471-1528)

Christ Among the Doctors

Series: The Life Of The Virgin
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: ca. 1503. This impression: Mid 16th century
References: Strauss 77. Meder 203
Size: 11-5/8 x 8-1/4 inches (295 x 210 mm)
Condition: Partial watermark at top. Various stains, pencil notations verso, re-margined, hinge residue, faint foxing.
Stock Number: 48289
Price: $3200.00

Albrecht Dürer : Vision Of The Seven Candlesticks at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Durer German (1471-1528)

Vision Of The Seven Candlesticks

Series: The Apocalypse
Medium: Woodcut
Year: No block date. This impression: 1498
Edition : German edition
Signature: Monogram bottom center
References: Bartsch 62; Meder 164; Strauss 55
Size: 15-1/2 x 11-1/8 inches (395 x 284 mm)
Condition: Excellent impression, trimmed to borderline. German text verso.
Stock Number: 48285
Price: $9200.00

Albrecht Durer : Not Following Good Advice at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528)

Not Following Good Advice

Series: Das Narrenschiff / Stultfera Navis / Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant
After: ATTRIBUTED TO DURER
Medium: Woodcut
Publisher: Johann Bergmann von Olpe (de) Bosel 1498
Size: 4-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches; Sheet: 8 x 6 inches
Condition: Latin text recto and verso, translation of Jakob Locher (1497) Two small worm holes within the image
Stock Number: 45535c
Price: $1500.00

Albrecht Durer : The Ranks of Man at Davidson Galleries

Albrecht Durer (1471 - 1528)

The Ranks of Man

Series: Das Narrenschiff / Stultfera Navis / Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant
After: ATTRIBUTED TO DURER
Medium: Woodcut
Publisher: Johann Bergmann von Olpe (de) Bosel 1498
Size: 4-1/2 x 3-3/8 inches; Sheet: 8 x 6 inches
Condition: Latin text recto and verso, translation of Jakob Locher (1497)
Stock Number: 45537c
Price: $1600.00