Landscape near Segonzano in the Valley Cembra (1495) by Albrecht Durer

Landscape near Segonzano in the Valley Cembra - Albrecht Durer - 1495

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape near Segonzano in the Valley Cembra
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Landscape near Segonzano in the Valley Cembra

“Landscape near Segonzano in the Valley Cembra” is an artwork created by the Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in 1495. As a genre piece of landscape, the painting is an early example of naturalistic landscape depictions for which the Northern Renaissance is known.

The artwork depicts a landscape scene with considerable depth and detail. In the foreground, the rocky terrain is marked with the subtle play of light and shadow, indicating a keen observation of natural forms by Dürer. Above this grounding, a series of middle-ground ridges partially obscured by mist further creates a sense of depth. These middle distances reveal small settlements with structures that blend into the hillside, suggesting an intimate connection between human habitation and the natural world. In the background, the sky is rendered with delicate shifts in color denoting sunset or dawn, adding a temporal dimension to the stillness of the landscape. Dürer’s use of watercolor in muted tones gives this artwork a gentle yet compelling atmosphere, drawing the viewer into a serene and meticulous observation of the natural setting.

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