Iris Troiana by Albrecht Durer

Iris Troiana - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleIris Troiana
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Iris Troiana

The artwork “Iris Troiana” is attributed to Albrecht Dürer, a masterful artist from the Northern Renaissance period known for his detailed and precise works. As a flower painting, this piece exemplifies the genre’s focus on naturalistic representation and botanical accuracy which were hallmarks of the time.

In the painting, we observe a single, stately iris occupying the vertical space of the canvas, rendered with remarkable attention to detail that provides a sense of texture and dimensionality. The iris stands against a plain, lightly textured background that accentuates the natural subject without distraction. The flower depicted has a large blooming petal with a rich, velvet-like appearance in shades of deep blue and purplish black, giving it a dramatic and almost sculptural form. Surrounding the central bloom are several buds in various stages of growth, showcasing the plant’s life cycle and the intricate patterns of its petals. The green stems and leaves exhibit a lifelike quality, conveying the firmness and vitality of a living plant with their long, slightly curved contours. The play of light and shadow is subtle yet effective, highlighting the natural curves and crevices of the iris and adding depth to the overall composition.

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