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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 named Albrecht because of a family tradition which he has been the third representative so far Albrecht had three brothers named Laszlo Albrecht and Ajtos Albrecht was apprenticed to his father at the age of 13 His father introduced him to the working with metal and the use of tools with laid the ground work for his skill of engraving He also learned painting from his father at the age of 13 He preferred to draw and paint than to goldsmithing He painted a self portrait of himself at 13 This self-portrait took the careful and the accurate work of all of the details to some him his artistic talent- In 1486 Albrechts father sent him to learn painting and wood working from Michael Wolgemut Michael Wolgemut was a spectacular painter and woodcut illustrator In Michael Ws busy shop Albrecht learned the fundamentals of drawing painting and wood cutting Albrecht also helped Micheal W make some illustrations for books Michael W probably took Albrecht to the Netherlands Basel Stratsbourg and in 1492 to Colmar in Alsace Albrecht spent so much time with him he called him his second father His main attraction was to see the master Martin Schongauer Who at the time was the leading German graphic artist of the time On the way there Albrecht found out the master had died On his arrival Martins brothers showed him prints drawings and Schongauers perfect engravings from the masters workshop The prints drawings and engravings had a big influence on Albrechts work Albrecht then went to Basel to stay with another brother of Schongauer who conducted a goldsmith workshop there Basel was the center of graphic production and book publishing at the
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