Landscape With Cannon (1518) by Albrecht Durer

Landscape With Cannon - Albrecht Durer - 1518

Artwork Information

TitleLandscape With Cannon
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Landscape With Cannon

“Landscape With Cannon” is an etching by Albrecht Dürer, created in 1518. As a significant artist of the Northern Renaissance, Dürer’s work showcases the meticulous detail characteristic of this art movement. The medium of the piece is etching, which falls into the landscape genre. Despite this work being over 500 years old, its current whereabouts are held in a private collection.

The etching depicts a richly detailed landscape scene filled with various elements that draw the viewer’s attention. In the foreground, a large cannon is prominently displayed; its size and prominence suggest a sense of power and possibly the influence of warfare during the time the artwork was created. Surrounding the cannon are several figures in attire typical of the early 16th century, contributing to the historic feel of the piece.

The middle ground reveals a pastoral landscape, with structures that could be interpreted as rural homes or farm buildings. There is a clear path that winds away from the viewer, leading toward a small cluster of these buildings, which introduces a sense of depth to the composition.

In the background, a distant mountain range can be seen, adding to the depth and showing Dürer’s skill in creating a sense of vast space and environment. The sky is etched with horizontal lines, which creates a calm and still backdrop to the scene.

The detailed work in the foliage, the textures of the buildings, the attire of the figures, and the gradients of the distant landscape all exhibit the precision of Dürer’s etching technique, which was groundbreaking for the time. It’s a tranquil yet engaging scene that invites contemplation on the relationship between mankind and the natural world, as well as the presence of human conflict.

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