Head of a Stag (c.1503) by Albrecht Durer

Head of a Stag - Albrecht Durer - c.1503

Artwork Information

TitleHead of a Stag
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationMusee Bonnat, Bayonne, France

About Head of a Stag

“Head of a Stag” is a work by Albrecht Dürer, a celebrated artist of the Northern Renaissance, created around 1503. This artwork, done in watercolor on paper, exemplifies the animal painting genre and is part of the collection at the Musee Bonnat in Bayonne, France. The precision and detail evident in the piece reflect the fascination with the natural world characteristic of the time.

The artwork itself portrays a stag’s head in striking detail, with particular attention paid to the texture of the fur and the structure of the antlers. The stag’s eyes are depicted with a lifelike expression, conveying a sense of the animal’s presence and vitality. The use of watercolor allows for a gentle gradation of tones, showcasing Dürer’s skill in rendering the naturalistic details of the subject. The overall composition is focused and intimate, inviting the viewer to contemplate the nobility and quiet beauty of the animal. The background is neutral, ensuring that all attention is drawn to the stag itself. Dürer’s portrayal is not just a demonstration of his ability to capture the likeness of the animal but also gives a glimpse into the respect and reverence for nature that was typical of the Renaissance period.

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