Journey to the Netherlands; paintings (1518-1521)
by Albrecht DÜRER

In the years of 1518 and 1519, numerous painted and printed portraits were commissioned and created. Most official portraits of this period are a result of Dürer's involvement in the Imperial Diet in Augsburg in 1518 (e.g. the Portrait of Emperor Maximilian I).

In contrast to the public portraits commissioned by the upper classes and aristocracy, which were of a more official nature, Dürer used portraits of his close family for other purposes. His wife Agnes, for example, was his model for the painting of the Virgin and Child with St Anne.

In 1520, at the age of 49, Dürer set off on what was to be his last long journey, to the Netherlands. The country was also ruled by the Habsburgs and the area which Dürer visited was Flanders (present-day Belgium), where most of the artists were then based. He had met most of the great artists of the Netherlands and had seen much of their work. The most important painting he completed in Antwerp was a panel of St Jerome, modelled on a 93 year-old man he had sketched.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Suicide of Lucretia
1518
Oil on lime panel, 168 x 74,8 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

367*900
True Color
75 Kb



The Virgin Mary in Prayer
1518
Oil on linden panel, 53 x 43 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

1000*1208
True Color
245 Kb



St Anne with the Virgin and Child
1519
Oil and tempera on canvas, transferred from panel, 60 x 50 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1100*1322
True Color
162 Kb



St Anne with the Virgin and Child (detail)
1519
Oil and tempera on canvas, transferred from panel
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

803*970
True Color
118 Kb



St Anne with the Virgin and Child (detail)
1519
Oil and tempera on canvas, transferred from panel
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

819*1001
True Color
130 Kb



Jakob Fugger, the Wealthy
1518-20
Tempera on canvas, 69,4 x 53 cm
Staatsgalerie, Augsburg

770*1102
True Color
156 Kb



Emperor Maximilian I
1519
Oil on lindenwood, 74 x 62 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

848*1068
True Color
137 Kb



Emperor Maximilian I
1519
Tempera on canvas, 83 x 65 cm
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

809*1035
True Color
152 Kb



Head of a Woman
c. 1520
Tempera on canvas, 25,5 x 21,5 cm
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

840*1001
True Color
127 Kb



Portrait of Bernhard von Reesen
1521
Oil on oak panel, 45,4 x 31,5 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

801*1157
True Color
92 Kb



St Jerome
1521
Oil on panel, 60 x 48 cm
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

807*1016
True Color
113 Kb



St Jerome (detail)
1521
Oil on panel
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon

806*931
True Color
105 Kb



Portrait of a Man
1520
Distemper on canvas mounted on wood, 40 x 30 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

827*1100
True Color
108 Kb



Portrait of a Man with Baret and Scroll
1521
Oil on oak, 50 x 36 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

750*1043
True Color
104 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