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“Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher” by Albrecht Dürer

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“Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher” by Albrecht Durer

“Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher” by Albrecht Dürer depicts a local patrician who was a senator and member of the executive council in the city of Nuremberg. It was probably commissioned for an official celebration and exhibited at the city’s town hall. The cultural flowering of Nuremberg, in the 15th and 16th centuries, made it the centre of the German Renaissance. In 1525, the year before this painting, Nuremberg accepted the Protestant Reformation, and in 1532, the religious Peace of Nuremberg, by which the Lutherans gained necessary concessions, was signed in the city.

Dürer was born in Nuremberg, and his vast body of work includes engravings, prints, altarpieces, portraits and watercolours and academic books. Dürer established his reputation across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints. He founded communications with the many primary Italian artists of his time, and from 1512 he was patronised by emperor Maximilian I.

Dürer’s introduced classical motifs into Northern art, and through his association with Italian artists and German humanists, he became one of the most important figures of the Northern Renaissance. His reputation was enhanced by his theoretical treatises, which covered mathematics, perspective, and proportions. Dürer is also commemorated by both the Lutheran and Episcopal Churches.

Questions for exploring Durer?

  • Durer was one of the greatest printmakers of the German Renaissance. This skill is also evident in his paintings, for example, is this one of the best beards in a painting?

Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher

  • Title:                    Portrait of Hieronymus Holzschuher
  • Artist:                  Albrecht Dürer
  • Year:                    1526
  • Type:                   Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:      51 × 37 cm (20 × 14.5 in)
  • Museum:            Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

Albrecht Durer

  • Artist:                Albrecht Dürer
  • Born:                 1471 – Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire
  • Died:                  1528 (aged 56) – Nuremberg, Holy Roman Empire
  • Nationality:      German
  • Movement:       High Renaissance
  • Notable works:

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Photo Credit: 1) Albrecht Dürer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons