I was fortunate enough to visit the house and workshop of great 15th century artist Albrecht Dürer. His house was one of the only remaining structures after Nüremberg was bombed in WWII.
Albrecht Dürer was a painter, printmaker, type designer and theorist of the German Renaissance. Dürer established his reputation and influence across Europe when he was still in his twenties due to his high-quality woodcut prints 
A press where his block prints would be created. 
The detail of this famous self-portrait is very impressive considering it was only 20 x 26 inches.
This is one of the earlier self-portraits Dürer created. The detail in the window in the background could be a painting on its own.
This is the kitchen and the kitchen sink.
I was surprised by how short the doorways were in this old house. People were shorter back then. 
The museum showed a picture of the "Mona Lisa" because is was done during a "unique period of glory in Europe – for when, in 1503, Leonardo da Vinci created what is arguably the world's most famous painting, Albrecht Dürer was working on the probably most influential copperplate engraving of all times: his 'Adam and Eve' of 1504."
These engraving tools and paint pigments were in the workshop room to give of sense of what Dürer did to create his famous artwork. 
Dürer was one of the first people to combine movable type with block prints.
He also virtually invented the poster with his woodcut of a Rhinoceros, a one sided oversized print, one of the first of its kind.  Dürer never saw an actual rhinoceros and based his artwork on the accounts of others. This broadside became a popular item throughout Europe and was copied many times in the following three centuries. (https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/albrecht-durer-type-designer/)
This portrait of Dürer's father is one of his most impressive pieces in my opinion because of the precision of every vein, wrinkle and hair. He conveys the aging process very accurately.
Dürer's famous monogram of the A and D is also shown here – which was probably one of the world first modern trademarks. 


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