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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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The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Dürer's Journeys

Travels of a Renaissance Artist

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Introduction to Dürer

Who was Albrecht Dürer? We take a first look at the artist.

Europe at the turn of the 15th century

During his lifetime Dürer witnessed some of European history's most significant milestones.

Nuremberg - Dürer's home

Location, location; find out why Nuremberg's character and position were so important for Dürer.

Dürer the printmaker

An introduction to printing techniques and a look into how Dürer took prints to a new level

Dürer's travels through his own words and sketches

'Why has God given me such magnificent talent?'

Vivid dreams, status anxiety, egocentricity and limitless curiosity laid bare in his own words.

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Durer's Journeys

Online exhibition catalogue supplement

Further essays relating to the exhibition.