Workshop in Nuremberg; paintings (1512-1517)
by Albrecht DÜRER

Dürer continued to paint portraits, including a fine panel of his former master, Wolgemut. In his portraiture, he now focuses all attention on the head, shown in close-up and often tightly placed in the frame. Another of Dürer's portraits of 1516 depicts a clergyman. In the same year he painted the heads of two apostles, Philip and James, who have extremely anguished faces. These may well have been intended as part of a set of the 12 apostles.

In 1509 Dürer had been made a member of Nuremberg's Grand Council. This body, consisting of 200 leading citizens, had little real power, but the appointment was a sign of the artist's growing recognition. Four years later Dürer received his first commission from the city, to paint a pair of portraits of Charlemagne and Sigismund. These panels were to hang in the Treasure Chamber where the precious regalia of the Holy Roman Emperors were kept just before they went on their annual public display.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Virgin and Child
1516
Oil on spruce panel, 28 x 19 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

795*1000
True Color
187 Kb



Madonna of the Pear
1512
Oil on wood, 49 x 37 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

801*1044
True Color
108 Kb



Emperor Charlemagne and Emperor Sigismund
c. 1512
Oil and tempera on panel, 215 x 115 cm (each, including frame)
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

1000*920
True Color
187 Kb



Emperor Charlemagne
c. 1512
Oil on lindenwood, 188 x 87,6 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

580*1286
True Color
188 Kb



Emperor Sigismund
c. 1512
Oil on lindenwood, 187,7 x 87,5 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

604*1327
True Color
173 Kb



The Madonna of the Carnation
1516
Parchment on pine, 36 x 25 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

759*1004
True Color
118 Kb



Portrait of Michael Wolgemut
1516
Oil and tempera on lindenwood, 29 x 27 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

983*1024
True Color
152 Kb



Portrait of a Cleric
1516
Parchment on canvas, 42,9 x 32 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

801*1042
True Color
97 Kb



The Apostles Philip and James
1516
Tempera on canvas, 45 x 38 and 46 x 37 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

1176*701
True Color
126 Kb



The Apostle James the Elder
1516
Tempera on canvas, 45 x 38 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

801*982
True Color
131 Kb



The Apostle Philip
1516
Tempera on canvas, 46 x 37 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

804*985
True Color
145 Kb




Summary of paintings by Albrecht Dürer
until 1496 | 1497-99 | 1500-03 | 1504 | 1505-06
1507-09 | 1511 | 1512-17 | 1518-21 | 1522-28
graphic works