Albrecht Duerer was born in Nuremberg in 1471. His father, also named Albrecht Duerer, had limited means, but fortunately a well to do German printer named Willibald Pirckheimer became the young Duerer's godfather and friend. Duerer learned from Michael Wolgemut the arts of painting, wood carving and copper engraving. As well as painting many famous people of the day, starting with Maximilian I of the Holy Roman Empire, and crafting altar pieces, Duerer was also active in the fields of mathematical and geometry in Nuremberg.
One of Germany's greatest artists, Duerer died in Nuremberg in 1528.