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Dürer came from Nuremberg in Germany; a city which, in the 15th and 16th centuries, was one of Europe’s most important. Part of the Holy Roman Empire, Nuremberg was a sophisticated, well-connected trading hub.

A thriving centre for manufacturing located on the River Pegnitz, Nuremburg was a city where Dürer could flourish in relative freedom.

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Business and enterprise

Nuremberg was home to craftsmen, merchants, printmakers, wealthy people and intellectuals including Willibald Pirckheimer, a humanist and friend of Dürer’s to whom he confided ‘I have found a grey hair; it is the result of so much worry.’ [Letter to Pirckheimer, 23 September 1506]. 

In Dürer’s day, and crucially for someone as multitalented as Dürer, instead of a traditional guild system, with clearly defined boundaries between individual crafts, the city council regulated the work of craftspeople, encouraging high standards and attracting skilled migrants such as Dürer’s father, an Hungarian émigré.

A constant

Despite his travels to Italy and the Low Countries, Dürer based himself in Nuremberg throughout his career, returning to the city after trips abroad.

He returned to the city for the last time in 1521 where, after seven years of failing health, he died on 6 April 1528 aged 56.

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.

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.

Dürer's influence

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?

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Durer's Journeys

Online exhibition catalogue supplement

Further essays relating to the exhibition.
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