Altdorfer Albrecht: the mysterious master of the German Renaissance

Altdorfer Albrecht: the mysterious master of the German Renaissance - 1

  • Year of birth: 1480
  • Date of death: February 12, 1538
  • Country: Germany


In history there are very few authentic facts of his biography. Researchers believe that his name is actually a nickname that got his father, having moved to Regensburg from Altdorf. It is known that the artist’s father shortly before the birth of his son received the rights of a citizen, that means taking in one of the town shops or guilds. Information about the nature of the classes by Altdorfer older is not preserved. Judging by the fact that Albrecht will easily receive in the future the title of city architect, we can assume that his father was related to the construction.

Date of birth by Altdorfer is also not preserved. Historians suggest that it happened at about 1480. About the childhood and youth of the artist information. It is known that for some reason the artist’s family left Regensburg and settled in Nuremberg. Then again follows a gap in the biography of a length and a half decades. These years have the training and profession, what information are gone.

The legend says that were trained by Altdorfer from dürer. These findings do art historians, who studied the writing style of Albrecht, his monogram, reminiscent of the signature of his teacher. But the student’s works have not survived. His first signed work is 1506, the work is very Mature and expertly executed.

By tradition, the medieval, the by Altdorfer makes several journeys, improving their professional skills. One of the trips on the Danube played a crucial role in the direction of creative thought of the artist, led to the creation of a school of painting and later called Danube. During this journey, the artist discovers the beauty of nature in the South of Germany, Austria, and Hungary. This love of nature will become a source of inspiration by Altdorfer throughout his creative life.

The work of the master was so new, bright, expressive and interesting that the fame of the by Altdorfer is rapidly spreading throughout Germany. His clients were Great and the Dukes of Bavaria, the rich monasteries of Austria, the German princes and even the Emperor. The Germans used it to finally able to see the beauty of nature, picturesque and powerful sound.

Among the works by Altdorfer Albrecht were landscapes in its purest form – it has become a revolution in German art. In his works on biblical, mythological, allegorical stories, the wizard also attaches great importance to the landscape, which not only acts as a decoration, but plays an equal role in the paintings.

In the works by Altdorfer stand out portraits. The artist’s ability to portray the inner beauty and spirituality, to unravel the mysteries of nature – here are just a few options that brought the artist fame.

It looks interesting and approach to the writing of the biblical stories. He boldly destroys all medieval canons, and the well-known biblical characters “sound” in his works is incredibly fresh, realistic and strong.