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Day 23 — National Blog Posting Month

When Dürer returned to Nuremberg from Italy in 1495, he opened his workshop and bought a printing press. While he was in Venice he had begun work on the Apocalypse, a series of 15 woodcuts of scenes from the Book of Revelation. He published it in 1498 at a time when much of Europe anticipated a possible Last Judgment at 1500. The best-known wood cut of the series is The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 

The Apocalypse rapidly brought Dürer fame across Europe. The wood cuts were easily reproduced on his printing press. The Apocalypse was the first work to be illustrated and published (in large scale) by a master artist.

The Great Piece of Turf,  Albrecht Dürer 1503; Watercolor and gouache on paper

The Great Piece of Turf, Albrecht Dürer 1503; Watercolor and gouache on paper

Albrecht Dürer was still working with watercolors at this time. The Great Piece of Turf is considered one of Dürer’s masterpieces in realistic nature studies, which would help him in the development of his art.  

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NOTE: Another nature study masterpiece is A Young Hare which he painted at his workshop in 1502. My post Rabbit has a picture of it.

 

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