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Albrecht Durer was born in Nurembourg in May 21 1471 His father Albrecht Durer wasa goldsmith he had come from Germany to Nurembourg in 1455 and married BarbaraHolper Barbaras father was Albrechts master Albrecht was his fathers third son He wasnamed Albrecht because of a family tradition which he has been the third representative sofar Albrecht had three brothers named Laszlo Albrecht and Ajtos Albrecht wasapprenticed to his father at the age of 13 His father introduced him to the working withmetal and the use of tools with laid the ground work for his skill of engraving He alsolearned painting from his father at the age of 13 He preferred to draw and paint than togoldsmithing He painted a self portrait of himself at 13 This self-portrait took the carefuland the accurate work of all of the details to some him his artistic talent- In 1486Albrechts father sent him to learn painting and wood working from Michael WolgemutMichael Wolgemut was a spectacular painter and woodcut illustrator In Michael Wsbusy shop Albrecht learned the fundamentals of drawing painting and wood cuttingAlbrecht also helped Micheal W make some illustrations for books Michael W probablytook Albrecht to the Netherlands Basel Stratsbourg and in 1492 to Colmar in AlsaceAlbrecht spent so much time with him he called him his second father His main attractionwas to see the master Martin Schongauer Who at the time was the leading Germangraphic artist of the time On the way there Albrecht found out the master had died On hisarrival Martins brothers showed him prints drawings and Schongauers perfectengravings from the masters workshop The prints drawings and engravings had a biginfluence on Albrechts work Albrecht then went to Basel to stay with another brother ofSchongauer who conducted a goldsmith workshop there Basel was the center of graphicproduction and book publishing at the time In Basel Albrecht made many contacts andcontributed a signed woodcut for the title page of the Letters of St Jerome The
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