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Albert Durer was a very great artist Some people consider him one of the best artists in the Renaissance period or the best artist of the renaissance period in Germany He only left Nuremberg three times to visit Venice and the Netherlands Albrecht Durer was born in Nurembourg in May 21 1471 His father Albrecht Durer was a goldsmith he had come from Germany to Nurembourg in 1455 and married Barbara Holper Barbaras father was Albrechts master Albrecht was his fathers third son He was apprenticed by Michael Wolgumut in 1486 and began to work with woodcuts He finished his apprentiship with Michael Wolgumut after four years Than in 1494 he married Agnes Frey and left Nuremberg to go to Venice the same year He became very fascinated by their style and worked on woodcuts drawings paintings wood and copper engravings From that period on the Italian influence was unmistakable in his work Since paintings were very costly and not many people could afford them Durer decided to work on woodcuts so that he could easily create copies of his work These copies were used to educate people in religious and classical history In 1507 Durer made another trip to Venice he stayed there for a year and a half After he returned he seemed to have given up painting and instead spent most of his time to his copper and wood engravings In 1513 and 1514 he completed his three best-known copper engravings Knight Death and Devil St Jerome in His Study and Melancholia Durer also researched about the mathematics of proportion and perspective and published two works on this topic during his life He was a friend of Martin Luther and several other leaders of the Reformation He died in Nuremberg on April 6 1528
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