Volume 4, Number 10
New SegPlay®PC Patterns
There's two new SegPlay®PC pattern collections available this month.
The first set is Halloween Scenes.
Halloween is a popular holiday celebrated on October 31. Although it has roots with the Christian holiday of All Saints' Day, Halloween is not a religious celebration. Activities associated with Halloween include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes, carving jack-o'-lanterns, attending bon fires, apple bobbing, and visiting haunted houses. Our set of Halloween Scene patterns includes many illustrations of witches, black cats, vampires, mummies, grave yards, and pumpkins. Happy Halloween!
The second new SegPlay®PC set available this month is Albrecht Dürer - Northern Renaissance Master.
Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) was a German artist from Nuremberg. He is generally regarded as the greatest painter of the Northern Renaissance (in Europe, outside of Italy). His talents included the use of paints, woodcuts, engraving, and watercolors. He introduced classical themes in his works and applied many theories of mathematics, perspective, and ideal proportions. He influenced a great number of painters in succeeding generations. Our collection of Albrecht Dürer patterns includes several self portraits and many examples of his styles including Saint Jerome in His Study, Knight, Death, and the Devil, Melencolia, Young Hare, Adam and Eve, Praying Hands, Great Piece of Turf, and many portraits including Oswolt Krel, Hieronymus Holzschuher, Barbara Düre, Bernhard von Reesen, Emperor Sigismund, and Elsbeth Tucher.
Albrecht Dürer - Northern Renaissance Master
Finally our new iPhone app is ready to download from Apple's iTunes market. SegPlay® Mobile for the iPhone and will run on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 devices. The pinching and finger flicking to zoom into and drag around the patterns are a lot of fun! There's a few new features and many old ones as well including several playing modes (instant, creative) from the SegPlay Flash version. It comes with 18 built in patterns and we hope to include the ability to add on a few more patterns once its installed. At only $1.99, its a great way to get your SegPlay fix when you're on the road and away from your computer.
Our website has been going through a few changes - mostly improving the messaging, fixing broken links, and sprucing up its look in a few places.
We're doing some work on our media planning for the next year. If you have favorite magazines or websites involving Arts, Painting, etc., where you could see Segmation placing ads, let us know. Also as always, we're looking for suggestions for future artists of the month. If you think we've overlooked one of your favorites, let us know. Also if there's a theme that you think would work well in our pattern collection, let us know and we'll make it happen!
We're always looking for more appealing art pieces for our SegPlay®PC paint by number collection. If you are an aspiring artist, illustrator, or photographer and am interested in collaborating on a pattern set, drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Albrecht Dürer - Northern Renaissance Master
Albrecht Dürer (born May 21, 1471, died April 6, 1528) was a German painter and printmaker. He is now considered to be the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance and one of the most gifted talents of his day. He enormously influenced his contemporaries and produced a number of theoretical writings on perspective and mathematics.
Dürer was born in Nuremberg, Germany, the third child in a family of eighteen children. His father was a Hungarian goldsmith, Albrecht Dürer the Elder, who had settled in Nuremberg around 1455.
Albrecht began working in his father's workshop when he was very young and he received his earliest training in engraving and drawing from his father. Recognizing his son's precocious talent, Albrecht the Elder apprenticed the boy, then aged 15, to local printmaker Michael Wolgemut. At the time, southern Germany was a publishing and printmaking center and, under Wolgemut, the young Dürer learned the basics of woodcut printing and engraving copper plates.
In 1490 Dürer completed his apprenticeship with Wolgemuth and went on an extended journey abroad to consolidate his skills. His travels took him to Colmar, where he intended to study under German engraver Martin Schongauer, but upon his arrival he learned that Schongauer had died a year earlier. However, Schongauer's brothers received Dürer kindly and in 1492 sent him to Basel to find work. Albrecht returned to Nuremberg in early 1494, after a brief visit to the Netherlands and Frankfurt.
Soon after his return home, Albrecht, then aged 23, was married to Agnes Frey, daughter of a prosperous silversmith. In fact, the two fathers had arranged the marriage during Albrecht’s travels abroad. But a few months after his marriage, Dürer was traveling again, this time to Italy. He visited Venice where he studied the Italian masters and produced some splendid watercolor sketches of his travels across the Alps.
Italy and the Renaissance had an enormous influence on Durer, particularly the Renaissance ideology of the artist as scholar and aristocrat, as can be seen in his self-portrait of 1498.
Dürer returned to Nuremberg, and his wife, in late spring 1495 and he stayed there for the next ten years. He started his own workshop and concentrated on printmaking. His style firmly reflected influences of the Renaissance and a growing interest in perspective and proportion. His most notable works during this period included the woodcut series of the Apocalypse, produced in 1498 and other print series that firmly established his reputation as an artist.
In 1505 Dürer made a second trip to Italy, to Venice and Bologna where he stayed for two years. This time, his reputation went before him. He was acclaimed and honored wherever he went. In Venice, he studied with Giovanni Bellini, whom he greatly admired and he started producing tempera paintings and altarpieces. By this time, Dürer's prints and engravings were so popular that they were being copied and distributed across Europe. The emigrant German community in Venice gave him a lucrative commission to decorate the church of San Bartolomeo.
Albrecht Dürer returned to Nuremberg in 1507 and remained there until 1520. He was very productive and very successful during this period. He bought a big house and was communicating with Bellini, Raphael and other illustrious Renaissance masters. In the period 1507-1511 Dürer produced mainly paintings and one of his acclaimed masterpieces, Adam and Eve, painted in 1507. The years 1511-1514 saw Dürer concentrating on his printmaking and it is during those years that he produced his three most famous copper engravings: The Knight, Death and the Devil in 1513, and Melancolia and St Jerome in his Study, both in 1514.
In the latter part of the Nuremberg period Dürer's main patron was the Emperor Maximilian I. Following Maximilian's death in 1519, Dürer traveled to the Netherlands to secure the patronage of his successor, Emperor Charles V. In the summer of 1520 Dürer and his wife set out for Aachen, where the coronation would take place, traveling through the Rhine and Antwerp. Durer financed the trip by selling prints along the way and he also produced many drawings in silverpoint and charcoal. He returned to Nuremberg in July 1521, the patronage secured.
Towards the end of his life, Dürer worked on a series of religious themes, but in his last years he produced fewer and fewer artworks, concentrating more on theoretical treatises on geometry and perspective.
Durer passed away in 1528 at the age of 56. He was buried in the church of Johanniskirchhof in Nuremberg.
You can find a large collection of Albrecht Dürer patterns to use with SegPlay®PC  here.
Art in the News:
Volunteers Help Artists Complete Work
An artist in Grand Rapids, Michigan, called for volunteers to help her complete her work of art. Hundreds of volunteers joined artist Janice Arnold by spraying water on raw wool to help it shrink and turn it into felt for a tapestry. The Grand Rapids Original Swing Society even stopped by to dance on the material.
"An interactive experience always makes people think differently about art, have different conversations about art and realize that's it's an interactive and very fluid thing," Arnold told WZZM13.
Once shrunk, the tapestry will adorn a pillar at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Bruegel Masterpiece Disappears for 400 years, Surfaces in Spain
Spanish art experts at Madrid's Prado Museum have discovered a previously unknown masterpiece by 16th-century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The painting, The Wine of St. Martin's Day, was brought to Spain 400 years ago and was produced between 1565 and 1568. It was known to have existed from an ancient engraving, but was believed lost. It came to light when the current owners tried to sell it last year. Cleaning and restoration work prior to the sale revealed Bruegel's signature.
Spain's Culture Minister declined to reveal how much has been offered to buy the Bruegel from its current owners. A Spanish newspaper said that the Prado was willing to spend around 7 million euros (US$ 9.3 million), but experts say that the painting could fetch as much as 25 million euros (US$ 33.7 million) if sold privately. However, the owners are said to favor the masterpiece going to a national museum.
Outside the Lines
A crater on the planet Mercury was named Durer after Albrecht Dürer, the famous German master painter and printmaker.
When Leonardo’s Mona Lisa was X-rayed by art experts, they found three different versions of the enigmatic lady under the visible one.
During the Renaissance, women were not shown with bare feet. That’s why none of the Renaissance masters painted women’s toes in their masterpieces.