Lillium Martagon (Details) by Albrecht Durer

Lillium Martagon (Details) - Albrecht Durer -

Artwork Information

TitleLillium Martagon (Details)
ArtistAlbrecht Durer
Art MovementNorthern Renaissance

About Lillium Martagon (Details)

“Lillium Martagon (Details)” is a flower painting by Albrecht Dürer, a master artist of the Northern Renaissance. In this detailed artwork, we see a close-up representation of the Martagon lily, which is known for its distinctive and intricate blooms.

The painting presents a realistic depiction of the Martagon lily, showcasing several pendulous flowers that hang from curving stalks. Dürer’s attention to detail is evident in the careful rendering of the petals, which are depicted with naturalistic shading, giving them a three-dimensional appearance. The petals are tinged with a subtle pinkish-purple hue, accented with darker spots. These features are characteristic of the Martagon lily, which also goes by the name Turk’s cap lily due to the turban-like shape of its blossoms.

The central stem is a strong green hue, supporting not only the blossoms but also the whorled leaves that emerge at intervals, presenting the plant’s natural structure with precision. Despite being a still image, Dürer successfully conveys the delicate and elegant demeanor of the flowers, as they appear to sway gently, perhaps under a nonexistent breeze. It’s this mastery of detail and ability to capture the essence of his subject that places Dürer at the forefront of his art movement and makes this piece a timeless example of flower painting in art history.

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