German Renaissance painter and printmaker Albrecht Dürer produced highly influential altarpieces, portraits, self-portraits, engravings, and woodcuts. His reputation and renown are largely attributed to his mastery over his high-quality woodprints. Some of his best engravings are Knight, Death, and the Devil and Melencolia I. Germany-born Dürer trained under his father as a goldsmith, but also had art lessons from one of his many siblings. He eventually abandoned the family trade and dedicated himself fulltime to art. His travels to Italy had a major influence on his work, which became a fusion of Italian Renaissance art, Romantic art, and Realist art. Engraving and printmaking, his main skills, allowed for easy and efficient distribution and promotion of his art, which principally accredited his success. This form of distribution highly appealed to other artists and would use the medium to promote their own works.