All Things Albrecht Durer: The Hidden Secrets in Albrecht Durer’s Art and Life

Text copyright © Aug 7, 2012 Dr. Elizabeth A. Garner, All Rights Reserved




Welcome to the world of “All Things Albrecht Dürer.”  My name Is Elizabeth Garner, and I’m an Independent Art Historian.

Through a strange twist of fate, I became passionate about the life and art of Albrecht Dürer in 2006.  Never in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that I would discover mysteries and secrets hidden in Albrecht Dürer’s paintings, woodcuts, engravings, and etching prints that contradict most of information ever published by this genius of the Renaissance.

I intend to blog about the journey that I have been through in finding the secrets Albrecht Dürer encoded in his art and to discuss the implications that this new information has on the interpretation of  history as we choose to understand it. Often this will take us to discover aspects of Renaissance life that is rarely investigated and reveal secrets that have been buried in the past, some by accident, and some on purpose.  I also wish that this site will become a resource for students who study Albrecht Dürer, and for all those who love art in general.  But most of all, I wish that this site will become a haven to reveal the truth about the life and times of Albrecht Dürer so that the true brilliance of this scientist and mathemetician can be appreciated as he intended us to do.

On April 13, 2007, I discovered an extraordinary characteristic of the artist’s practice.  While inspecting the 1498 engraving known as The Promenade (The Young Couple Threatened by Death), which you see below:

The 1498 Promenade painting by Albrecht Durer

The 1498 Promenade engraving

I found a mysterious hidden encoded message never discovered before.  An enlargement of this hidden code follows:

Promenade Neckline Code

A Closeup of the Promenade Neckline Code

What you are looking at is the following embedded in the neckline: N  “ROSETTE” O R I C A S.

Because Dürer had used the masculine form of the word NORICUS, as a type of signature in 1511 and had placed this word as part of the inscription found on the tablet in his 1504 Adam and Eva print, scholars assume this word means “of Nuremberg.” But this discovery negated that interpretation, for the woman’s headdress already distinctly identified her as a woman of Nuremberg. Hiding the word NORICAS would have been a duplicative effort.No, this was an actual hidden code!

Profound questions about Dürer’s art arose that were never before explored:

  1. Why hide a coded message, and what was its meaning?
  2. Were there more hidden encoded messages in other prints or paintings?
  3. Who were intended to receive and understand the coded message(s), and who were not? Were the buyers aware of these hidden messages when they purchased?
  4. Was there a pattern to these coded messages?
  5. Did this explain why Dürer’s strange compositions were successful when they appeared economically unviable?
  6. With the scrutiny to which Dürer’s prints had been subjected for more than 500 years, why had no one found this before?

I set out to find answers.  Those answers will be featured in my future blogs.

I look forward to discussing this and other amazing secrets with all of you!




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18 thoughts on “All Things Albrecht Durer: The Hidden Secrets in Albrecht Durer’s Art and Life

    1. Thank you Candy. I’ve been keeping these secrets under wraps for over 4 years. Once I reveal, there will be no doubt that Albrecht Durer was the genius of the Renaissance and Dan Brown’s Da Vinci code will be old news!

      Please tell all your friends!


        1. No Rod, the Rosicrucians do not have anything to do with the Sex Slut of Nuremberg neckline code. If you read that article, in the archives, and search for that article you’ll find out what the neckline code that others have wrongly called the Pronenade. We only know 13 names, the Durers gave to their mover than 2000 artworks. Those 13 names are very important to how to crack the coding and the interpretation of the artwork must match those 13 names. They purposely named those prints what they did. Eg the famous print everyone calls Knight, Death and the devil, which has nothing to do with a knight, death, or the devil. It’s what some previous researcher decided to call it to make a reputation in the never ending publish or perish world of academia. The Durers called that print Der Reuter, translation: the Sole Rider and until the real history was discovered by me and what the critical clue is in that print, which is the hourglass, it’s true meaning could never have been known.theres absolutely nothing allegorical in Durer art, period. A myth was purposelyfully built to cover up the truths. Oh there were real conspiracies perpetrated and purposeful cover ups imposed on Durer art. But nothing to do with the Rosicrucians.



  1. Elizabeth, there is so much hidden in Renaissance paintings that we are unable to see because we are no longer taught the same things that the educated Renaissance man was taught. Rediscovering these and deciphering them is fantastic. Well done and I know how difficult it is to sit on these discoveries as I’ve been doing the same regarding the symbolism around Elizabeth I.

    Can’t wait to read the next blog and hope you are writing a novel to get information out there for the wider world to read. I’m going to tell my art history group in England all about you and your work. Great Stuff.

    1. Thank you, Melanie,

      This has been a treasure hunt for me and there actually is a treasure “map” in the Durer story, which points to the secret of Durer’s treasure. I realized that when I was watching the movie National Treasure, Book of Secrets.

      I wish that your art History group will enjoy this journey as much as you do!


  2. Hi Elizabeth,
    Absolutely takes my breath away, everything you have done. First thing on my agenda is to buy your book to get the full story. Can’t wait to see the film adaptation.
    You mentioned the ‘Men’s bath scene’ of which I find very interesting and I would like to know what you think the pear represents. Could it mean the pairing of a couple or maybe it represents the pear wood the artisans used in the making of there wooden prints. If indeed they did use pear wood ( just read it some where) and is that a knife stuck into the ground just to the right of it. The tap on the left hand side seems to have a small rooster on top of it.
    The gourd symbol in the St Jerome image is very interesting too, shown with the ivy it should have represented.
    I see a lot of metamorphic images in Durers work, some of it seems quite in your face while a lot of it would be hard to substantiate. It keeps me amused and busy anyway..
    Keep up the good work Elizabeth, can’t wait to read the book.

    1. Hi Gary,

      Glad you are enjoying. Yes the book has much that I’m not able to include in articles, happy reading.this is just the first of the series I intend to publish, I would have had the second book out but as you read below too many new things have been found. The Durer Cipher and how it works is never compromised with these new finds, just adds more information that the Durers were giving us.

      I think you have just become a Durersleuth by accident. this happens all the time at exhibitions or from my articles, there IS SO MUCH ENCODING, I wouldn’t presume to claim that i’ve found it all, but the Durerseleuths do find amazing things, like what you just did. THREE GOLD STARS!

      What PEAR in the men’s bath? where is it? can you possibly send an image with the pear circled in the image? We are now using some extraordinary specialized photographic technology that is revealing extraordinary new encodings that have been covered up on purpose by overpainting. There are just so many new finds I can’t write fast enough. Some great new stuff.



  3. Just read ‘ The Secret Cipher of Albrecht Durer’… couldn’t put my e-book down till I got to the end.. fascinating, informative read.
    I now have a much better insight into the world Durer was living and what his mission in life was really all about. You certainly have explored all aspects of Durer’s life in this book Elizabeth.
    Durer – a crypto-Jew we now know – was a very astute multi-talented artist who had a lot to say and was doggedly determined to beat the system in whatever situation he was in. Everything he needed was there for him on a plate.
    Leaving behind a legacy of the many clue’s and messages about who he was and what his intentions were all about, he knew they would be deciphered and pondered over for centuries.. maybe not 500 years, but thanks to you Elizabeth we can now start thinking out of the box in a brand knew way.
    Looking forward to your next book. I have the impression that you will be talking more about symbols and hidden imagery in his encoded works. Very tantalising

    1. Hi Gary, just yesterday we found ANOTHER encoded print that I NEVER expected to be encoded the way it was. Will be getting it out as fast as I can.

      do me a favor, leave a review on Amazon if you liked the book.

      thanks Elizabeth

  4. Elizabeth, I have just read ‘The Secret Cipher of Albrecht Durer’… Couldn’t put my e-book down till I got to the end.. fascinating, informative, read.
    I now have a much better insight into the world Durer was living and what his mission in life was really all about.
    You have proven Durer – a crypto Jew – was a very astute multi-talented artist who had a lot to say and was so doggedly determined to beat the system in which ever way he could.
    Leaving behind the many clue’s and messages in his works, we can now begin to understand how Durer was thinking in his time. He was a survivor for sure.
    He knew his work would be deciphered and pondered over for centuries to come .. maybe not 500 years … but thanks to you Elizabeth people can now start looking at Durer in a brand-new refreshing way, thinking out of the box.
    In the mean while……. I have just realised something about Durer’s monogram, I knew it reminded me of something, the Japanese Shinto symbol looks almost identical. I wonder if he was aware of such things in other parts of the world. While thinking of this, I quickly googled in ‘Jewish symbols’ and the letter ‘CHAI’ ( meaning life) popped up all over the place, again very similar to Durer’s monogram. The rest of the Jewish alphabet looks very interesting too. My wife thinks I’m going crazy..heh heh
    Looking forward to your next book.

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