Crab (1495) by Albrecht Durer

Crab - Albrecht Durer - 1495

Artwork Information

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

About Crab

Albrecht Dürer, a key figure in the Northern Renaissance, painted the artwork titled “Crab” in 1495. It is a watercolor on paper, exemplifying the genre of animal painting. This piece resides at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The painting “Crab” by Albrecht Dürer is a detailed and realistic representation of a crab. The image shows the crab from a top-down perspective, allowing the viewer to see the intricacies of its exoskeleton. The color palette is quite natural, demonstrating Dürer’s skill with watercolors to capture the different hues and textures of the crab’s body and limbs. Carefully shaded, the painting appreciates the peculiarity of nature’s design, with the crab’s claws and legs splayed out as if it were settled on a surface out of water. Dürer’s attention to detail, such as the articulation of joints and the patterned surface of the shell, emphasizes his dedication to portraying his subjects with lifelike accuracy, a hallmark of his contributions to art during the Northern Renaissance.

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