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Albrecht Durer-Great Painter of the Renaissance

Updated on August 21, 2015

Albrecht Durer - Resources for Learning More

Northern European Renaissance Painter and Engraver. 1471-1528.

Known for his detailed paintings and engravings, this artist became an important part of the Renaissance period.

If you would like to print a simple biography for Albrecht Durer, you can find one on Scholastic Art.

Would you like to know how to pronounce Albrecht Durer's name? Here is a LINK.

Although most people will not name Albrecht Durer as a great painter of the Renaissance, he is just as important as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.

All images on this lens are from Wikimedia Commons and in the public domain.

Albrecht Durer - Slideshow of his artwork

This slideshow not only shows his artwork, but it also gives a brief biographical sketch of this important artist. As always, please preview any YouTube video for appropriateness for your family. This slideshow shows three images with nudity...done tastefully and showing the style of Albrecht Durer's time period. I would consider this video appropriate for middle school age children and above.

"To bring a portrait to life, the smallest features must be made skillfully, even the tiniest vein."

Albrecht Durer

Free Artist Notebook Pages

You should follow up your artist study with a notebook page for your art journal. There are several free notebook pages here on Keep it simple and make a page for each artist you study. Soon you will have a complete record of art history.

Self-Portrait at 13, painted in 1484

Durer says of this portrait, "I used a mirror to draw my own likeness in 1484, when I was still a child."

Self-Portrait at 22, painted in 1493 - Oil on linen

"Things happen to me as is written from on high."

Albrecht Durer

Self-Portrait at 26, painted in 1498 - Oil on panel

"This image of Albrecht Durer, the famous Nuremberg painter of great renown whose every figure is vividly portrayed as a living being. He is an artist worthy of eternal fame."

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Self-Portrait at 28, painted in 1500 - Oil on panel

"I, Albrecht Durer, depict myself with everlasting paints at the age of 28."

Albrecht Durer

Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam

"I must have Durer to paint my portrait. He is the only artist capable of capturing a person's soul on canvas."

Erasmus of Rotterdam

Looking for Renaissance Art Lesson Plans?

I have written lesson plans to study Medieval and Renaissance art and music. These plans are offered through Harmony Fine Arts and are in ebook format. They are written for middle school age children but can be adapted for younger and older students very easily. Email me if you have any questions about the plans and if they would be a good fit for your family.

Albrecht Durer Books on

There are no really good children's art books for Albrecht Durer but I found these books to be ones that we could page through and see much of his artwork.

Albrecht Durer: 1471-1528 (Masters of German Art)
Albrecht Durer: 1471-1528 (Masters of German Art)

This is my first choice of inexpensive books to use for picture study. Lots of text but still many images to view.


This book you can only purchase used but is an inexpensive way to access much of his artwork.


Notebooking Pages for Artist Study

Free artist notebooking pages from

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Nice lens :)

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      People truly don't appreciate what the Dutch were doing with painting during this period. Amazing work from this artist Durer. I remember going to the national gallery and seeing an original Heyronimus Bosch. I mean, this guy was completely "out there", and it was the 15th century. Thanks for this lens, great work.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I love Albrecht Durer work

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for bringing Durer back to my mind. I first heard of him in an Art History Class. I love his work but had forgotten about him.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for this great lens.

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      Allan R. Wallace 6 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      A lovely lens. Thank you

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      victoriainthesea 6 years ago

      I became a Durer fan my sixth grade art class, when my teacher showed us a couple of his artworks. Loved him ever since. Great lens :)

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      creativeinc lm 6 years ago

      I'm an Albrecht Durer fan ever since art school. An artist who wants to perfect his craft and he has many medium. Thanks for this great lens.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for introducing albrecht durer. his self portrait art works are amazing. really enjoyed my visit. ~blessed~

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      Norbert Isles 6 years ago from Philippines

      I know Albrecht Durer only for his Praying Hands. Your lens enabled me to know him even more. I like all the links on learning art appreciation and drawing. I meant to introduce them to my youngest. Thank you so much.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks! this was very helpful!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the interesting info on Durer!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Albrecht Durer is an artist that I have been curious about but had not yet taken the time to find out about. Thank you for the introduction.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      Great lens! when I visit Nürnberg go to the Museum and to Albrecht Dürer's House, get to see where he lived, his press and some of the artwork, always interesting -