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PRETTY & SMART – Detail from an oil self-portrait on board, by Albrecht Durer.
A German painter, engraver and mathematician. Famous for his print series:
Passion of Christ
Knight, Death, & the Devil
Four Horsement of the Apocalypse
The Rhinoceros.

Third child in a family of eighteen children, of Hungarian father, German mother. Traveler and student, goldsmith, Durer became the most successful publisher in Germany and abroad, owning 24 printing presses at one time, incredibly famous in his early twenties. Painter, watercolorist, etcher, woodblock print maker.
He published the “Nuremberg Chronicle” in1493 with over 1800 woodcut illustrations. He didn’t think painting could earn him enough money (still true five hundred years later), and turned to printing.
Scholar, intelectual, and successful businessman, his engravings and prints affected the giants who came after him: Raphael, Titian, and Rembrandt.


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  • SandeElkins
    SandeElkinsover 6 years ago

    He was pretty and smart….and a complete ego-maniac who said he was the greatest living artist-ha. Then again maybe he wasn’t very far off base. I have a book of his woodcut illustrations and they are absolutely immaculate. Which, having worked with wood for over twenty years, I know is nothing short of amazing to get that kind of precise detail and to also be as prolific as he was. And he looked like a rock star. Very, very cool T-shirt design and an opportunity to educate the public to an artist few are familiar with. Soon as I can rake up the cash:), I would love to get one of these.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    Hi Sande, I’m not surprised you found this and I did it for you. He’s an artist whose work I love, too. I know you’re a wood carver, hope this prompts you to put some up on your site. I’m sure he was impossible and very full of himself, but he had to stand out in a massive family, and a world of accomplished artisans, royalty, and peasants. Not a lot of choices.
    I’m SO glad you like it.

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthover 6 years ago

    Not only is it always a pleasure to view your original art Barbara but I am also learning so much along the way regarding the other fine artists of the past . . . thank you for the introduction to Durer . . . certainly a man who is worthy of being immortalized in your creation . . .

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    As Sande points out, Durer himself would’ve liked it a lot, being immortalized. He’s always interested me, and is for some reason so obscure now. It’s been fun to haul the old relics into sunshine. Ruth, you do me so much good with your enthusiasm for my work. And very much reciprocated, I love your horses, your mountains, and maybe best of all, the old ranch hand. You know how to be there at the right minute for fauna and flora, and sky.

  • rosepepper
    rosepepperover 6 years ago

    The piece of turf or “the great clod” was the first work I saw of Durer’s and I knew I would never be that kind of artist….painting a patch of weeds would not inspire me and the patience- unbelievable. He must have had good eyesight. I really like the T-shirt though and as Sande suggests he does have an odd sort of contemporary look, especially round the eyes, maybe not the facial hair.

  • Barbara Sparhawk
    Barbara Sparhawkover 6 years ago

    I agree, the painstaking detail held no want to immitate in me either. I think many decades and centuries found artists competing on that score because they were recorders of history, maybe an air of elitism surrounding those who were the most precise. Turner was really before his time with letting himself be seized by emotion in painting. Funny remark you make about Durer’s eyesight, I’m sure it was true. The beard’s a giveaway, yes, way too groomed, the style du jour.

  • chazf
    chazfabout 6 years ago

    My wife bought the Durer t shirt for me. I am blown away by the brilliance you showed in putting this guy on a garment. Imagine how he would have loved it.

  • How perfectly lovely of you! Thank you chazf, with all my heart. There’s such a boost not just from the sale, but to get praise from the WEARER on top of that bowls me over.
    I’d say you’re right about Durer, probably a high maintenance guy. I AM SO GLAD YOU’RE LIKING IT!!

    – Barbara Sparhawk

  • LadyRhiannon
    LadyRhiannonalmost 6 years ago

    He probably had a personality that I would both love and hate at the same time. Most men in my lfie have had German in their blood. I don’t know how I managed that one . . . certainly wasn’t by intent! Nice tee, Barbara. I’ll get one someday.

  • madvlad
    madvladabout 2 years ago

    when i first started my trip in art i did a pen and ink copy of this man,he was almost too pretty here, he was a giant in his time,

  • Thanks, madvlad, for the visit.

    – Barbara Sparhawk

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