Heinrich Aldegrever Heinrich Aldegrever - Biography
Heinrich Aldegrever counts among the most outstanding German engravers of the 16th century. His life and activities are inseparable tied to the city of Soest, where he spent almost all his life, and where he was a member of the painters guild. Even though there are also some paintings by Heinrich Aldegrever in existence, the largest part of his creation comprises masterly copper engravings. Among the preferred subjects of Heinrich Aldegrever, who belonged to the renowned group of the "Kleinmeister" [petit masters], are religious scenes that often served the purpose of spreading reformatory contents. However, his work also contains delicate nudes. The high-quality engravings are characterized by a great love for the detail, the bodies show muscular features and the portraits strikingly show the depicted person's individuality. All through his life the art of Albrecht Dürer seems to have been quite influential on Heinrich Aldegrever. Heinrich Aldegrever's engravings are valuable and sought-after treasures nowadays .