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On This Day

May

20

Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528), The Circumcision, 1511, woodcut on paper, 11 5/8 x 8 1/8 in., Cornelia Morse Carithers Memorial Print Collection, AP.1991.3.6.

On this day in 1471 Albrecht Durer was born.

Durer was a German painter, draughtsman, art theorist, but is most famous as a print maker.   He is regarded as the greatest German Renaissance artist. His vast body of work includes altarpieces and religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, and copper engravings.

Explore more about the life of Durer.

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