Dürer in Figures: 209 Centimeters of Obscenity and 9 Guilders for All the Engravings by the Artist
Albrecht Dürer Jr. was 13 years old when he looked in the mirror and painted his portrait. It is noteworthy that in Germany, there was almost no genre of self-portrait at that time. At least, such works were extremely rare. Therefore, we can say that the young artist made a discovery by capturing his own appearance. He drew with a silver pencil. The line made by such a pencil cannot be erased, which means that work in this technique does not suppose corrections and requires accuracy and skill from the author.
Albrecht was 14 years old when his father said goodbye to the idea that his son would continue his business, and sent the failed jeweller to study under the artist Michael Wolgemuth.
Albrecht Dürer's "wanderings" lasted for 4 years: each apprentice had to go through this craft learning stage. His exact route is unknown, but we are exactly aware that during his life Dürer committed:
2 visits to Italy;
2 visits to Switzerland;
2 years spent he in the Netherlands.
According to Erasmus of Rotterdam, 2 colours were enough for Dürer "to convey all the splendour of the visible world". We are talking about black and white engravings.
Dürer mastered 2
2 times complained Albrecht Dürer to the authorities about plagiarism, first in Venice and then in Nuremberg. Both times the effect was negligible. In Venice, Marcantonio Raimondi, who forged Dürer's works, was forbidden to reproduce the monogram of the real author, whereas Marcantonio was still allowed to copy the engravings. Other numerous plagiarists were only threatened with confiscation of their property and other punishments.
209 cm is the height of the boards on which Albrecht Dürer painted the Adam and Eve diptych. This work became the first life-size image of completely naked people in German painting. In the 18th century, the diptych was in the Academy of Fine Sciences of San Fernando (Madrid), later, in the 19th century it has been taken to the Prado Museum, but in both cases access to the ‘obscene' images was restricted.
275 guilders is the amount Albrecht Dürer paid for a house in Nuremberg. The artist lived in this house from 1509 until his death in 1528.
Albrecht Dürer was to receive 100 guilders annually from the city treasury of Nuremberg. This was ordered by Emperor Maximilian I in 1515. However, in 1519 the emperor died, and the Nuremberg authorities stopped these payments. Dürer then went to the Netherlands for the coronation of Charles V, who later confirmed Dürer's right to a pension of 100 guilders.
The 1st. Dürer was the first artist in history to create his own logo, the brand, his famous author’s mark "A.D.". However, he did not limit himself to this logo and often wrote long phrases in his works. For example, the inscription on the dark background of his Self Portrait with a Thistle reads: "My sach die gat / Als es oben schtat". This is translated as "My affairs follow the course allotted to them on high". He meant the marriage of the submissive son to a girl found by his father.
Christie’s auction house raised $ 6 million in 2013 for a collection of Dürer's prints. The buyer paid the most for the Rhinoceros engraving — 866,500 dollars. This became a record auction price for the artist’s work. The previous record was set in 2011, when the Adam and Eve
Albrecht Dürer was 56 when he died.
0. The last figure does not concern the work, but the personal life of Albrecht Dürer. The great artist and his wife Agnes had no children. His two brothers has no children (at least legal) either. The genus that gave the world a genius was interrupted.