Albrecht Dürer carefully kept sketchbooks and reference drawings and paintings for personal use throughout his career.
Dürer's watercolor sketches of "mountains and river scenery anticipated the art of landscape painting." He was highly sought after by the church and noblemen for his skills in portraiture and rendering the human form.
The religious woodblocks, engravings and etched prints Dürer sold were prized by his patrons and counterfeiters alike. He was forced to keep careful records of the inventories and copyrights of his printed work.
His exacting and careful studies of nature, many done while convalescing in his early 30s, are as modern today as when they were originally painted.
Albrecht Dürer's southern Italian influences include artists Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna of Venice.
Watercolor Masters: Albrecht Durer © 2010 Greg Conley