Cervus Lucanus (1505) by Albrecht Durer

Cervus Lucanus - Albrecht Durer - 1505

Artwork Information

TitleCervus Lucanus
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Cervus Lucanus

The artwork titled “Cervus Lucanus” was created by the renowned artist Albrecht Dürer in 1505. It is associated with the Northern Renaissance art movement and falls under the genre of animal painting. Albrecht Dürer was known for his highly detailed works and his contribution to the art world during the Renaissance period.

The artwork is an intricate painting or drawing that features a stag beetle, known scientifically as Lucanus cervus. It provides a close-up view of the beetle, magnifying its form and physical characteristics. The beetle is depicted with its large, distinctive mandibles that resemble the antlers of a stag, which is where it gets its common name. The level of detail in the work captures the light reflecting off the beetle’s shiny exoskeleton and the fine hairs on its legs. The artist has captured the creature with a sense of realism and scientific accuracy, showcasing his skill and interest in the natural world. The year of creation, 1505, is inscribed at the bottom of the image, confirming the time of its completion.

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