Albrecht Altdorfer (c.1480-1538)

Albrecht Altdorfer was a German Renaissance painter, engraver and architect of the Renaissance working mostly in Regensburg. As in the usual in his time, almost all his paintings have a religious subject. Nevertheless, he is considered the first European painter, who painted a pure landscape.

Of exceptional interest, however, is his painting The Battle of Issus (1529) which can be regarded as one of the first true occidental history paintings. But despite it focuses on the famous historical event nearly the scenery seems to be taken from the early 16th century so that it looks much more than the battle of Pavia (1525) than any Greek or Roman.

Altdorfer: Susanna bathing

Susanna bathing (1526)

Altdorfer: Battle of Issus>

The Battle of Issus (1529)