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

BornNuremberg, (Germany), 21 May 1471

DiedNuremberg, (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