Dürer, Albert (14711528)

Dürer, Albert, the great early German painter and engraver, born at Nürnberg, son of a goldsmith, a good man, who brought him up to his own profession, but he preferred painting, for which he early exhibited a special aptitude, and his father bound him apprentice for three years to the chief artist in the place, at the expiry of which he travelled in Germany and other parts; in 1506 he visited Venice, where he met Bellini, and painted several pictures; proceeded thence to Bologna, and was introduced to Raphael; his fame spread widely, and on his return he was appointed court-painter by the Emperor Maximilian, an office he held under Charles V.; he was of the Reformed faith, and a friend of Melanchthon as well as an admirer of Luther, on whose incarceration in Wartburg he uttered a long lament; he was a prince of painters, his drawing and colouring perfect, and the inventor of etching, in which he was matchless; he carved in wood, ivory, stone, and metal; was an author as well as an artist, and wrote, among other works, an epoch-making treatise on proportion in the human figure; “it could not be better done” was his quiet, confident reply as a sure workman to a carper on one occasion (14711528).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Durbar * D'Urfey, Tom
Dupuis, Charles François
Dupuy, M. Charles
Dupuytren, Baron
Duquesne, Abraham, Marquis
Dura Den
Durance
Durand
Durandal
Durban
Durbar
Dürer, Albert
D'Urfey, Tom
Durgâ
Durham
Durham, Admiral
Durham, John G. L., Earl of
Durward, Quentin
Düsseldorf
Dutens, Joseph
Dutens, Louis
Dutrochet