Illustration from Durer's 'Four Books on Measurement' posters & prints by Albrecht Dürer or DuererDurer was a painter and also a mathematician. He lived between and He was a representative of the German Renaissance. This was the time of the Reformation. He lived in Nuremberg and traveled to Italy and the Netherlands.
1525 1st Edition Four Books on Measurement by Albrecht Durer Geometry
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Despite living approximately years ago, he remains one of the most famous and important printmakers in art history, in particular bringing woodcuts printed in large editions into the realm of fine art and the art history canon. He was, and remains, the most famous artist of the Northern Renaissance who successfully integrated an elaborately-detailed Northern style with Italian Renaissance's ideals of balance, coherence, and monumentality. It depicts the four Apocalyptic Riders as they are described in the Old Testament. From left to right we see Death, Famine, War and Plague on their horses, trampling on a group of helpless people. An angel oversees the scene, with dramatic clouds and rays of light in the background.
Why a craftsman of course! At the times paintings were made in workshops. Supervised by the painter, apprentices and journeymen produced whatever had been commissioned. They stuck to a contract which determined what had to be painted and how. The painter made good money by immortalizing the glory of the rich and famous in his colours.
Artists across Europe especially admired and copied his innovative and impressive prints, which ranged from religious and mythological scenes to maps and exotic animals. He later made two visits to Venice where he was exposed to the artistic culture of the Italian Renaissance. However, his energies were soon concentrated on studies related to the proportions of the human form. From his work on the engraving of 'Adam and Eve' he had realised that the information given by Vitruvius in 'De architectura' was insufficient to establish universally valid laws of proportion. In the first instance, the distances between clearly defined points on the human body were measured and expressed mathematically in relation to the model's total height.