Innsbruck Seen from the North (c.1496) by Albrecht Durer

Innsbruck Seen from the North - Albrecht Durer - c.1496

Artwork Information

TitleInnsbruck Seen from the North
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationAlbertina, Vienna, Austria

About Innsbruck Seen from the North

The artwork titled “Innsbruck Seen from the North” is a cityscape created by the artist Albrecht Dürer around 1496. This piece is an example of the Northern Renaissance art movement and is currently housed at the Albertina museum in Vienna, Austria.

Describing the painting, you can see a panoramic view of the city of Innsbruck as seen from the north. The artwork is characterized by its intricate detail and use of perspective that was innovative for the time. It features several prominent buildings of the city, with their sharp spires and distinctive roofs, reflecting the architectural style of the period. In the foreground, there’s a calm body of water, presumably a river, reflecting some of the buildings and with a boat gently resting on its surface. The sky above is relatively clear with light cloud cover, suggesting a tranquil atmosphere. The palette is understated yet includes blues, greens, and earth tones that provide a sense of realism to the scene. Dürer’s keen observation and meticulous hand can be identified in the rendering of the individual buildings and their reflections in the water, displaying his mastery in both composition and watercolor medium.

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