Albrecht Dürer (Nuremburg, 1471- Nuremburg, 1528) greatly influenced artists of succeeding generations, particularly in printmaking, leading to The School of Dürer. His reputation, which spread far and wide across Europe through his prints, inspired other major artists such as Raphael (1483 - 1520), Titian (1477 - 1576), and Parmigianino (1503 - 1540), who later followed in Dürer's footsteps and entered into collaborationswith printmakers to distribute their work beyond local regions.
Dürer's prints greatly affected his German successors such as Hans Baldung Grien (1484 - 1545) and Albrecht Altdorfer (1480 - 1538), particularly the "Little Masters" who worked on a small scale but continued to depict Dürer's themes. Many Italian engravers such as Giulio Campagnola (1482 - 1415), Christofano Robetta (1462 - 1534), Marcantonio Raimondi (1475 - 1534), and Agostino Veneziano (1490 - 1540) trained after Dürer, learning from and admiring his work. They often directly copied parts of his landscape backgrounds or the prints in their entirety in order to better their craft. Seen as a master printmaker and artistic inspiration, the School of Dürer emerged with works created in his masterful style by students and admirers alike.