Although Durer had an elementary education he counted among his personal friends Germany's leading humanists, such as his closest friend and confidant, Willibald Pirckheimer
who was one of Germany's most influential humanists and a prolific translator of essential ancient texts by Xenophon, Lucian, Isocrates, Plutarch, and Plato from Greek into Latin and German.
Rudolf bought the drawings from the Imhoff family, descendants of Willibald Pirckheimer
, the Nuremberg lawyer and scholar and Durer's closest friend.
Reply to Willibald Pirckheimer
on the Subject of the Eucharist," d 1; quoted in LW 37:65, footnote 108.
His closest friend and mentor was one of Nurnberg's most distinguished scholars, Willibald Pirckheimer
, translator of Hellenic texts into Latin and German.
Hay que mencionar a personas como Willibald Pirckheimer
, Konrad Celtis, el editor de la Germania de Tacito, Hartmann Schedel, autor de una cosmografia publicada paralelamente al viaje de Colon, Martin Behaim, el autor del famoso globo hecho en los mismos anos, Jeronimo Munzer, medico, humanista, coleccionista de libros y autor de descripciones de viajes a la Peninsula etc.
Also keeping a guiding hand on the fortunes of this young man was Willibald Pirckheimer
, the humanist and patrician, who, along with the other three men, were available to assist and encourage Drer throughout most of his life.
Durer's personality is a Gothic text: What are we to make of a man who portrays himself with his sidekick, Willibald Pirckheimer
, strolling, as if through a gallery, in the midst of ten thousand martyrs being graphically slaughtered?
Rather, Corine Schleif addresses the artist's biography in depth towards the end of the book in her fascinating discussion of Durer's relationship with his wife, viewed in particular through the prism of his correspondence with his patrician friend Willibald Pirckheimer
1521), who belonged to the circle of Willibald Pirckheimer
, lived at the Schottenkloster in Vienna from 1518 and there made contact with Conrad Celtis.
The abbess, no less a figure than Caritas Pirckheimer (1467-1532), a learned woman and well connected with many of the great humanists of the early sixteenth century (and of course a sister of the famous humanist Willibald Pirckheimer
, 1470-1530), declared that she would obey a ruling of the Nuremberg City Council but that there would be no chance for Margarete to return once she had left the convent.
Her discussion here looks at, among others, Erasmus, Mutianus Rufus, Maarten van Dorp, Beatus Rhenanus, Willibald Pirckheimer
, Urbanus Rhegius, and Wolfgang Capito.
Durer's participation in this humanist culture -- including his friendship with Celtis and Willibald Pirckheimer
 -- the vivid descriptions of magic and witchcraft available in the poetry of the ancient world, and the scarcity of actual witch-hunting activity in these years, make the assumption that the Malleus maleficarum lies behind Durer's witches highly problematic.