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18 facts about Michael Wolgemut

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By Gwylym Owen

Michael Wolgemut (formerly spelt Wohlgemuth; 1434 – 30 November 1519) was a German painter and printmaker, who ran a workshop in Nuremberg. He is best known as having taught the youngster Albrecht Dürer.

The importance of Wolgemut as an player rests not only on his own individual works, but also upon the fact that he was the head of a large workshop, in which many swing branches of the fine arts were carried on by a great number of pupil-assistants, including Albrecht Dürer, who completed an apprenticeship past him in the company of 1486 and 1489. In his atelier large altar-pieces and extra sacred paintings were executed, and also enlarge carved painted wood retables, consisting of crowded subjects in high relief, richly decorated with gold and colour.

Wolgemut was a leader among the artists reviving the standards of German woodcut at this time. The production of woodcuts was a large allocation of the decree of the workshop, the blocks being clip from Wolgemut’s designs. They were mostly made to supply the many publishers in Nuremberg bearing in mind book illustrations, with the most handsome also subconscious sold separately. Wolgemut’s woodcuts followed the advances in engraving, depicting volume and shading to a much greater extent than before.[citation needed] Many are remarkable for their vigour and clever adaptation to the special necessities of the technique of woodcut. Nonetheless, they were no question often hand-coloured past or after sale. His pupil Dürer was to build upon and to appropriately surpass his ability that it is often overlooked.

Wolgemut’s paintings show Flemish influence, and he may have traveled within Flanders (modern Belgium and surrounding areas).

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