He was born there. Lived there. And died there. Nuremberg. The city of Albrecht Dürer. And so it it no surpise that the Bavarian town now hosts the largest exhibition of his art in the last 40 years.
He was special. As was his work. He changed the way of painting. Reinvented painting after the cultural darkness of the Middle Ages. Some say his paintings were from the future. Photorealistic. Like this image of a hare (Young Hare, 1502).
Dürer. A master of proportions.
Watch closely to see the details and the very famous monogram signature of Dürer at the bottom of the picture. It’s his logo. One of the first logos ever. A tool to sign and market his products. On almost every of his paintings. Also on the 1500 self-portrait above.
And then there was the mathematical side of Dürer. Inventor of the Magic Square. “The sum 34 can be found in the rows, columns, diagonals, each of the quadrants, the center four squares, and the corner squares (of the 4×4 as well as the four contained 3×3 grids).” [source]
Check it out. It’s here…
Also “an undirected graph with 12 vertices and 18 edges. It is named after Albrecht Dürer, whose 1514 engraving “Melencolia I” includes a depiction of Dürer’s solid, a convex polyhedron having the Dürer graph as its skeleton.” [source]
(Video by megansspark)
“Dürer died in Nuremberg at the age of 56, leaving an estate valued at 6,874 florins—a considerable sum. His large house, where his workshop was located and where his widow lived until her death in 1539, remains a prominent Nuremberg landmark. It is now a museum. He is buried in the Johannisfriedhof cemetery.” [source]
And now, there’s the exhibition. Running until September 2, 2012 – at The Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
A list (w. photos) of paintings by Dürer