Dürer achieved celebrity status during his lifetime. His international reputation attracted patrons including none other than the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I, for whom Durer worked from 1512 to 1519.
He took inspiration from the work of Leonardo, Raphael (he swapped paintings with Raphael through his agent Tommaso Vincidor) and the Venetians.
His style remained his own: a powerful combination of the northern European and elements of the Renaissance; something never seen before. Dürer in turn influenced artists from across Europe; those that followed in his footsteps such as Jan Gossaert, as well as artists right up to the present day.
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Even if you don't know the name, chances are you've seen a reproduction of one of his prints. What is it about his work that has made it last?