By and by the boy found himself drawn by preference from goldsmith's work to painting; his father, after some hesitation on the score of the time already spent in learning the former trade, gave way and apprenticed him for three years, at the age of fifteen and a half, to the principal painter of the town, Michael Wolgemut.
Wolgemut furnishes a complete type of the German painter of that age.
There were also produced in the workshop of Wolgemut, as in that of other artistcraftsmen of his town, a great number of woodcuts for book illustration.
In the school of Wolgemut Diirer learned much, by his own account, but suffered not a little from the roughness of his companions.
An interval of five years separates the Vienna "Madonna" from the two fine heads of the apostles Philip and James in the Uffizi at Florence, the pair of boys' heads painted in tempera on linen in the Bibliotheque Nationale at Paris, the "Madonna with the Pink" at Augsburg, and the portrait of Wolgemut at Munich, all of 1516.
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