Albrecht Durer Paintings and Woodcuts- Praying Hands Outline and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Albrecht Durer- Self Portrait

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The German artist did a set of 12 illustrations that helped to make him famous.


Albrecht Durer- Peasant Couple

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Each drawing in the series was transferred to wood and used to make a large number of prints. This allowed the young artist to show his work to a larger group of people. Each of the dozen drawings in the Apocalypse series was used to illustrate his edition of the Book of Revelation.

Albrecht Durer is as renowned as the following artists are in their preferred media:

Albrecht Durer- 1496 Spazierritt

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While Durer is known for his prints, this was not the only technique that he used in his art. He also expressed himself through oils and did a self portrait using oil on wood at the age of 28. He had a keen business sense and realized that single paintings would not get him the exposure and profit that he wanted as quickly as he wanted it.


Albrecht Durer- The Little Owl

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Durer wanted to impact the art world and be recognized for his achievements by others in society during his lifetime. He was very aware of how he was portrayed and ensured that people who saw any of his paintings would know that he was the artist who created the work. Each painting was signed with his initials and the date when the artwork was done. This signature more resembled a modern company’s logo than a name written casually on paper.


Albrecht Durer- 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Durer pushed to establish a studio of his own and produced a large body of work in his lifetime, employing engravings, paintings and a number of other techniques. He drew inspiration from the methods that were used in different parts of Europe and is widely regarded as a genius.


The artist left Germany and traveled in order to network with painters in Venice. He gained important patrons as a result of his journeys. He achieved his goals and the Holy Roman Emperor gave him the title of Court Painter when Durer was in his forties.


Albrecht Dürer - Study of an Apostle's Hands (Praying Hands)

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Praying Hands - Albrecht Durer

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Sinbadsailorman 2 years ago from Valparaiso, Indiana

I use the Praying Hands as the Icon to one of my Blogger Blogs Emotional Healings and Gospel Feelings. Its a music video Blog. I have about four of his prints that I collected years ago. I purchased one off the Internet for about seven dollars. It is believed to be a engraving and would be valued at about $6,500.00. I haven't yet been able to get It appraised, but I need a car so maybe I will check this out. I have two others and a Belini print as well http://youtu.be/6IRjM6bweF4 here is the video I made for an appraiser who never got back with me as she was reluctant to share what she thought over the Internet. there are about forty pics at my facebook Donald Beres Jr the album is called Old Masters there a little better than the video. His AD is a Logo probable one of the first. Mine is dated 1520 cool little write do you know anything about the window hint that he use to do?


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Sinbadsailorman 2 years ago from Valparaiso, Indiana

The video doesn't connect to the facebook account here is that link https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000001709... for those who are interested the two large ones I got from under a trailer are 77 years old at least and 73 years old at least one is for sure a print the Durer I just don't know what it could be.


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jtrader 2 years ago Author

Thanks for sharing that Sinbadsailorman. You may want to consider borrowing against the artwork instead of selling it. Quite a few brokers offer that option nowadays.

Check out UBS Wealth Management America. Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance is another option you may be interested in as well.


Sinbadsailorman 2 years ago

Hey Thanks. I'd never would of thought to try to borrow against them. But I don't know that much about the art industry. These aren't in the best of condition and I have never gotten them appraised So I don't know for sure if they are what I am hoping they are. I need an Appraisal but they cost too! So I have an Idea of what they are truly worth. I have been waiting for the Road Show to come to Town. I have been trying to get up to Chicago, but it always gets set back. Thanks for the Idea's I'll look into them right away!


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jtrader 2 years ago Author

You're welcome ;-) I hope it all works out for you.

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