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Pen and Ink Drawing After Albrecht Dürer

Drawing of hands copied from Albrecht Dürer

The image on this page that accompanies the text I am writing is a drawing in black and white gel ink pens copied from a work by the German Master Albrecht Dürer described as “Study of the Hands of God the Father from the Heller Altarpiece” and is in the collection of Kunsthalle, Bremen. Kunsthalle means Art Gallery in German and Bremen means Bremen.

Now let’s talk about Albrecht Dürer. I will heavily edit the information that ChatGPT stole, I mean gathered, from various places on the internet. Will ChatGPT credit its sources? In a word: NO. You can’t expect software or the people that created it to be held accountable for anything. Let’s just enjoy the product that they provided for free (for now). And always remember: it’s not stealing if you somehow benefit from it.

Albrecht Dürer was born in 1471, in Nuremberg, Germany. Dürer’s early training started in his father’s goldsmith workshop, where he learned the fundamentals of metalwork and engraving. This foundation in craftsmanship would later influence his attention to detail and precision in his artistic endeavors. While some fathers forbid or at least frown on art, his father sent him to study under the painter Michael Wolgemut. Under Wolgemut’s guidance, Dürer developed his skills in painting and woodcut printmaking.

During his travels in Italy, Dürer immersed himself in the artistic and intellectual environment of the Renaissance. He soaked in the works of Italian masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, incorporating their techniques into his own individual style. Dürer’s extensive knowledge of geometry and mathematics also played a significant role in his art, as he sought to achieve a harmonious balance between aesthetics and scientific principles.

And always remember: it’s not stealing if you somehow benefit from it.

Albrecht Dürer also created theoretical works on proportion and perspective, such as his treatise “Instruction in Measurement”. These writings showcased his deep understanding of mathematical principles and their application to artistic representation. Dürer’s theories on perspective greatly influenced the development of European art, enabling artists to create more accurate and realistic spatial illusions.

Albrecht Dürer’s influence on the art world cannot be exaggerated. His painstaking attention to detail, technical mastery, and theoretical contributions revolutionized the way art was both created and understood. His works continue to be celebrated for their beauty, craftsmanship, and intellectual depth. Dürer’s artistic legacy endures, reminding us of the enduring power of creativity and the timeless relevance of his vision.

And now I leave you with a limerick about Albrecht Dürer by the life of every party, ChatGPT.

There once was a painter named Dürer,
Whose skill made the art world infer,
With precise lines so bold,
His works they unfold,
A master, his talent did stir.

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Pen and Ink Drawing After Albrecht Durer

Pen and ink drawing of the Arm of Eve

Here is a drawing of an arm. It is an arm copied by hand that was copied from the artist Albrecht Durer. It was done in white and black gel pens on gray-toned paper. The arm is that of Eve holding an apple. I assume it is an apple. I never went to church growing up. This means that I’m at a huge disadvantage when it comes to being hypocritical and feeling superior to others of a different religion. I guess that last sentence shows, albeit sarcastically, that I feel I am superior to religious people. I think I just outed myself. Well, let us talk about the drawing I copied from Durer. The original can be found in the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was drawn on a special blue Venetian paper with black and gray washes and highlighted with white gouache. Gouache is like watercolor but more opaque.

I never went to church growing up.

This is what the museum says about the drawing: This drawing of the Arm of Eve, done in 1507 is the only surviving preparatory drawing for Dürer’s life-size panels of Adam and Eve in the Prado Museum in Madrid. This is also the only drawing by the artist made on that Venetian blue paper I mentioned before, which he used during his winter trip to Venice in 1506–7 to practice chiaroscuro. Using only black and gray ink, wash, and gouache for shading and heightening, Dürer’s composition of a disembodied arm and hand suggests the grace and balance of the complete human form. An ideal proportioned study of a hand makes a reference to Albrecht Durer’s artistic skills.

Albrecht Dürer was one of the greatest Renaissance artists. His ingenious ideas about geometry and the proportion of the human body, as well as the realistic representation of nature, earned him the reputation of being the Leonardo Da Vinci of northern Europe. Dürer believed that nature, as God’s creation, was the true source of art. His art embodied the belief that artists should draw exactly what they see in order to make their work as convincing as possible: “The more precisely the forms in your work are compatible with life, the better it will appear. That is the truth. So never imagine that you can or should attempt to make something better than God has allowed his created nature to be. For your ability is impotent compared to God’s creativity.”

If you would like to see the original drawing of Eve’s Arm holding an apple by Albrecht Durer, click here.

If you would also like to see the final painting of Eve by Albrecht Durer, click here.

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Prismacolor® Pencil Drawing After Durer

Copy of an Albrecht Dürer Drawing

Alright so this drawing is copied from a work by the German artist Albrecht Dürer. I’m glad I was able to type the umlaut (those two little dots) over the letter ‘u’. The original drawing is titled Lucretia. He also made a painting of Lucretia as well. The story of Lucretia is very depressing and makes men look really bad so I’m going to skip it. The drawing is in the Albertina Museum in Austria. It is a preliminary study for the painting “Suicide of Lucretia” that is in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich. I like to list the locations of the artwork just in case you want to partake in a art history wild goose chase. But I digress, the original drawing, according to the book I’m drawing from, was done in black ink. The Albertina website says it was done in “Pinsel in Schwarz und Grau, grau laviert, mit Deckweiß gehöht, auf grün grundiertem Papier, partiell vorgeritzt oder mit spitzem Werkzeug übertragen (?)” which translated into “Brush in black and gray, washed with gray, heightened with opaque white, on green primed paper, partially pre-scored or transferred with a sharp tool (?)”. The question mark in parenthesis leads me to believe that they might be just as confused as I am. I created my drawing in black and white prismacolor pencils on gray cardstock. Prismacolor makes 150 different colors of pencils. I just used black and white in my drawing. Mainly because the original is in black and white.

“Writing for an algorithm is probably the most uninspiring thing you can do.”

This might be the most boring blog post ever. I read that blog posts should be at least 300 words long for the google search engine algorithm to recognize my website. Writing to a algorithm is probably the most uninspiring thing you can do. I mean I should imagine that I’m actually connecting with a person on some level. Instead I’m trying to convince software programs that I’m important. Yes that’s right I am trying to connect with a machine so that someday I might connect with other people. That thought is sad and somewhat interesting at the same time. Later.