Albrecht Durer Quotes | Quotes by Albrecht Durer

1Art is embedded in nature and they who can extract it, have it.

2If a man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle.

3My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family.

4Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.

5What beauty is, I know not, though it adheres to many things.

6I hold that the perfection of form and beauty is contained in the sum of all men.

7Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is a curse as well as a great blessing.

8The new art must be based upon science - in particular, upon mathematics, as the most exact, logical, and graphically constructive of the sciences.

9An artist of understanding and experience can show more of his great power and art in small things roughly and rudely done, than many another in a great work. A man may often draw something with his pen on a half sheet of paper in one day . . . . and it shall be fuller of art and better than another's great work whereon he hath spent a whole year's careful labor.

10He that would be a painter must have a natural turn thereto. Love and delight therein are better of the Art of Painting than compulsion.

Albrecht Durer Quotes

11Love and delight are better teachers than compulsion.

12As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.

13Nature holds the beautiful, for the artist who has the insight to extract it. Thus, beauty lies even in humble, perhaps ugly things, and the ideal, which bypasses or improves on nature, may not be truly beautiful in the end.

14No single man can be taken as a model for a perfect figure, for no man lives on earth who is endowed with the whole of beauty.

15And since geometry is the right foundation of all painting, I have decided to teach its rudiments and principles to all youngsters eager for art. . .

16The artist is chosen by God to fulfill his commands and must never be overwhelmed by public opinion.

17There is no man on earth who can give a final judgment on what the most beautiful shape may be. Only God knows.

18Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ.

19Sight is the noblest sense of man.

20But I shall let the little I have learnt go forth into the day in order that someone better than I may guess the truth, and in his work may prove and rebuke my error. At this I shall rejoice that I was yet a means whereby this truth has come to light.

Albrecht Durer Quotes

21Geometry is the foundation of all painting.

22Some think that they know everybody, but they really don't know themselves.

23Sane judgment abhors nothing so much as a picture perpetrated with no technical knowledge, although with plenty of care and diligence.