Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Dürer, Albrecht

  • Thomas Hockey
Reference work entry

Born Nuremberg, (Germany), 21 May 1471

Died Nuremberg, (Germany), 6 April 1528

German artist Albrecht Dürer is often credited with the first published star map. The 1515 woodcuts, printed in Vienna, accompanied text written by   Johann Stabius . The imaginative constellation figures Dürer created were frequently copied. His famous engraving, Melancolia I(1514), uses a bright comet as its primary symbol.

Selected Reference

  1. Anzelewsky, Fedja (1982). Dürer: His Art and Life, translated by Heide Grieve. London: Gordon Fraiser.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA