Dead Bluebird (1512) by Albrecht Durer

Dead Bluebird - Albrecht Durer - 1512

Artwork Information

TitleDead Bluebird
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Dead Bluebird

The artwork titled “Dead Bluebird” by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1512, is an animal painting that embodies the Northern Renaissance movement. Executed on paper, this piece is currently located in the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria. The genre of the painting falls under animal painting, a common theme for Dürer who had an affinity for nature and wildlife.

In the image, there is a vividly detailed depiction of a dead bluebird. Dürer’s attention to detail and his mastery in rendering the textures and colors of the bird’s feathers are evident. The bird is positioned against a plain, lightly toned background, which accentuates the depiction of the creature. Its back is facing the viewer, with its head twisted to the side in a lifeless pose, hinting at the fragility of life. The blue and brown feathers are meticulously painted, showcasing Dürer’s skill and precision. The marking “1512” and Dürer’s monogram are visible in the top right corner, serving as his signature. This painting reflects Dürer’s keen observational skills and his ability to translate them onto paper with stunning realism.

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