Friday, March 20, 2009

Albrecht Durer

Albrecht Durer is one of the most fascinating artists for me. Born from my favorite medieval country of Germany, he was an artist from the transition period, which is about the year1470 to 1530's, of the middle ages and the Renaissance. As far as I know, Germany and the Low Countries in that time was caught in this transition period, when the medieval style was starting to be abandoned for the new art fueled by the revival of the classics. But somehow, even if the Northern artists were somehow influenced by Italian art, they still visibly tied to the Gothic taste, wherein medieval and renaissance art are mixed, but the former yet distinguishable, unlike the paintings from further south, in which the heaviness and linearity of the earlier style was non-existent. And the best examples of the Northern Renaissance style comes from Durer's work.

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