By Albrecht Dürer
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Dürer opened his own workshop in 1495 and his vast body of work includes engravings, woodcuts portraits, altarpieces and religious works, paintings, copper engravings and sketches, one of which is the "Studie van twee voeten" ("Study of two feet"; pencil and grey ink, grey washed, white relief on prepared paper; dimensions 17,6 x 21,6 centimeters).
Dürer was born in Nürnberg (Germany) on May 21, 1471 as the third son of a Hungarian goldsmith. Painter and graphic artist, Dürer is one of the most outstanding figures in the German Renaissance. Since the beginning he trained in painting, drawing, woodcutting and printing. After traveling to Köln, Venezia, Bologna, and perhaps Firenze and Roma for his studies, he retained influences especially from Italian artist Bellini. Dürer died in Nürnberg on April 6, 1528.