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Albrecht Dïrer, the Greatest German Artist
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.16

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    blubbery, insatiable, shoulder-length, water-logged, witty, bustling, self-portrait, mastery, arrogant, woodcut, pension, exceptional, metallic, glorify, resolute, artistic
     content words:    Albrecht Drer, Holy Roman Empire, Agnes Frey, Holy Roman Emperor
Albrecht Dïrer, the Greatest German Artist

By Colleen Messina
1     You might say that Albrecht Dïrer (AHL-brekht DYOO-rer) had a golden childhood. His father was a goldsmith, and his mother was the daughter of a goldsmith, but Albrecht's golden touch was artistic, not metallic.
 
2     Albrecht Dïrer has been called the greatest German Renaissance artist and perhaps the greatest German artist of all time. He was born in Nuremburg on May 21, 1471. At that time, Nuremberg was part of the Holy Roman Empire, and many European trade routes passed through the bustling city. Albrecht's parents surrounded him with culture from a young age, from religious paintings to beautifully engraved golden objects. Albrecht's father began to train him to be a goldsmith, but Albrecht's drawing talent led him to become an apprentice in an artist's workshop just a few doors away.
 
3     Albrecht had remarkable talent and could draw anything, including a stunning self-portrait at age thirteen. The drawing shows a sensitive boy with a pointy chin looking out with a shy, sideways glance. He also learned how to design woodcuts and how to paint on wooden panels. A woodcut was just a block of wood that was carved and inked to make prints.
 
4     Albrecht's training was finished in 1490, and his father sent him on a "workman's journey." At that time, most young men took this kind of trip in order to complete their training. It allowed a young person to quickly achieve mastery in his chosen profession, and it also probably kept him out of trouble! Albrecht traveled for two years and then took a job in a shop making drawings for woodcuts.
 
5     Another thing that was arranged was Albrecht's marriage, a typical custom of his day. He returned to Nuremburg in 1494 and married Agnes Frey. Not surprisingly, this young lady's father was a master metal craftsman. The couple never had children. Dïrer could concentrate completely on his artwork. He took trips far from home in order to perfect his craft.

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