Fencing Reiter (1489) by Albrecht Durer

Fencing Reiter - Albrecht Durer - 1489

Artwork Information

TitleFencing Reiter
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Fencing Reiter

“Fencing Reiter” is a genre painting by Albrecht Dürer, a master of the Northern Renaissance, created in 1489. This artwork is part of the collection at the British Museum in London, UK.

The artwork depicts a dynamic scene of two armored riders in the midst of a jousting match. The drawing showcases Dürer’s exceptional skill in fine details and the depiction of movement. Each figure is wearing elaborate armor and riding a horse; the riders are shown with lances in a combat position. The horses appear in motion, with one rider on the left side pushing his lance forward, while the horse of the rider on the right seems to be rearing back from the impact or in an attempt to avoid the strike. The sense of action and the detailed rendering of both the figures and the horses highlight Dürer’s keen observation and his ability to capture a moment with dramatic intensity. The technical virtuosity of the work is evident in the precision of the lines and the careful shading, contributing to the overall perception of depth and solidity in the figures. Dürer’s monogram “AD” and the date, “1489,” can be seen inscribed in the lower right-hand corner, documenting the artist’s authorship and the creation date of this intricate work.

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